Infant Skin Care Do’s and Don’ts

17_Newborn_Skin_Care_Baby_Care_xxxlargeA newborn baby’s skin is very delicate. It requires constant care to keep it moisturized and protected. The following tips will help you take care of that delicate baby skin.

Bathing Basics

Your new baby doesn’t need a bath every day. In fact, just two or three times a week is best. The temperature of the water is important. Fill your baby’s tub with 2-3 inches of warm water, not hot water. To keep your baby from catching a chill, pour warm water over his or her shoulders at regular intervals.

Get the wash cloth wet and carefully wash your baby’s hair with baby shampoo. Use the soapy wash cloth and baby body wash to gently wipe down her body. Dip a cotton ball in the soapy water and gently pat to clean her face.

When you are finished washing, quickly wrap baby up in a soft towel and pat dry. Be sure so apply baby lotion right away to seal in essential moisture and help to avoid dry skin.

Diaper Tips

Diaper time should not be emotional for you and painful for your sweet baby. Change baby’s diaper often, wiping carefully and completely with baby wipes. Apply a dab of diaper cream at every change to protect baby’s skin from moisture, and make sure her skin is dry before putting on the diaper. It’s best to use non-scented wipes and diapers, and don’t use a diaper that fits too tightly.

Baby Skin Care Products

It is essential to use products that are made specifically for baby’s delicate skin. Tear-free shampoo and non-scented body wash and baby lotion are best. Keep a careful watch on your baby’s skin. If it looks like she is having a reaction to a product, discontinue using it and consult with your pediatrician as soon as possible.

Moisture Is Key

The most important thing you can do for your baby’s skin is to keep it moisturized. Keeping baby’s skin soft keeps them comfortable and protects their delicate skin from becoming dry or itchy. Use a quality lotion frequently or as recommended by your doctor.

Sun and Wind

Babies under 6 months should be carefully shielded from sun and wind. By the time your baby is 6 months old, they can be exposed to the sun, but make sure you use sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 over any exposed skin. Apply the sunscreen to baby’s skin before going outdoors. Babies are very prone to heat rash because of their underdeveloped sweat glands, so dress your baby in light, loose-fitting clothing. Use a hat to protect their head and face from the sun.

In the winter time, dress you baby in layers to keep the cold winter wind from drying out their skin. Again, lotion is essential.

Washing Baby’s Clothes

Wash your baby’s clothes in fragrance-free detergent or detergent made especially for babies to prevent reactions or rashes. There are several detergents out there made just for babies. Again, if your baby has a reaction to a product, discontinue use and consult your doctor right away.

As always, if you have any questions, we are here to help. Please contact our office and we will be happy to provide you with guidance.