June 21, 2018
Let’s face it caring for your little one’s skin can be somewhat challenging at times. Some babies are born with silky smooth skin while others suffer from breakouts, rashes, splotches, and discoloration just to name a few. We have several simple tips that will have you sailing across smooth seas in no time.
Go easy on tubby time
Believe it or not, baby should not get bathed every day. “Two or three times a week is plenty,” says Karl Neumann, MD, a pediatrician at Forest Hills Pediatric Associates and contributor to Kids Travel Doc. “Bathing a child too frequently can remove oils and other substances that protect against irritants.” You will want to clean the diaper area as often as needed however regulating tubby time is the smart way to go. If you simply love the routine of a bath or shower daily (which we do!) just skip the cleanser for babies under 6 months. In fact, once a week is plenty for babies under 6 months old to be bathed with a cleanser, water alone does the trick!
Apply 'baby safe' oil liberally
Baby’s skin is prone to dryness, so you will always want to keep it as moisturized as you can.” Moisturizers do not add moisture to the skin; they prevent moisture already in the skin from evaporating,” says Dr. Neumann. Be sure to moisturize as soon as you take baby out of the bath when the skin is at its most absorbent. Massaging baby's skin with a baby safe oil blend (you can make your own if you are on a budget!) is a great eczema preventative. Another quick and easy tip to remember is you can always utilize a humidifier. Humidifiers are a great way to prevent the air in your baby’s room from getting too dry.
Ditch the powder!
Yeah, you heard us right, go ahead and ditch it. We just don’t find it worth the risk. Baby can inhale the powder into its newly formed lungs which could cause damage. Drying lightly with a clean towel will get the job done without any exposure to harmful chemicals and preservatives that most baby powders contain.
Don’t forget those cute little folds!
Keeping these little folds dry is especially important starting at three months on, since baby’s start to drool more and more. To ensure no area becomes vulnerable to redness, peeling or chaffing make sure all those tight little areas are cleaned at least twice a day. Moisturizing is encouraged however something to keep in mind is that you don't want to leave the skin damp. According to pediatrician Cheryl Wu, MD, moisture can get stuck in those folds which can eventually cause rashes.
Watch sun exposure
This one should be a given. Any baby with fresh delicate skin should never be left in the direct sun even for a short amount of time. Overexposure can even occur if baby is sitting in the shade or under an umbrella. “Sunscreens are not approved for infants under the age of six months because they haven’t been tested for this age group yet,” says Dr. Neumann. We are not saying to stay cooped up inside all day, just be vigilant and realize even a little bit of direct sun exposure on baby’s skin can come with a price. Make sure your little bambino or bambina is dressed for the occasion.
Do you know your diaper rashes?
Diaper rashes are just one of those inevitable occurrences that will happen at one time or another. It’s important for parents to be knowledgeable about what to look out for. There are two types of diaper rashes. Your typical run of the mill diaper rash and then there are is your yeast diaper rash. The typical run of the mill diaper rash can be cleared up with an over-the-counter cream.
Our healing diaper crème is filled with nutrient dense Shea butter, coconut oil and skin soothing cucumber seed oil and actually works as a rash preventative as well as an ultra-healing ointment for any skin discomfort that might be present. It is also free of any nasty fragrances or preservatives. An added perk thanks to the coconut oil is our HDC allows for easier clean up with the next diaper change, which means less time wrestling on the changing table! If you do in fact suspect a yeast diaper rash, you will need help with a prescription.
The E word
Eczema, a dry, itchy and often annoying skin rash that can often appear on baby’s cheeks and forehead. Eczema is common in infants but usually does not appear until around 4 or 5 months of age. Tell-tale signs of eczema include red, scaly patches of dry skin. Our Healing Diaper Crème can also be used for extra hydration on skin spots like these. Finding a baby safe emollient is the answer to this annoying problem. Most eczema cases, if treated properly, will not need any harsh medications or ointments. Feel free to email in any questions or concerns if your little suffers with eczema! Depending on the severity of the rash most can be treated with an over-the-counter medication, but if the problem lingers you will want to go ahead and get your baby’s skin checked out by the pediatrician.
In close, we take infant skincare very seriously here at CW. Each one of our products is made with the utmost care. We are here to assist you on your baby’s skincare journey. From our family to yours we are on this ride with you.
The Bump. 2017. Baby Skin Care 101. Published 2017. https://www.thebump.com/a/baby-skincare-101
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