Caring for baby’s skin
Newborn baby's skin is much thinner and more sensitive than adult skin. Looking after baby’s sensitive skin is really important and can often be confusing for new parents. Here are some facts about baby’s skin you might find surprising.
NEWBORN BABY'S SKIN PROTECTS THEM IN MULTIPLE WAYS
Your newborn baby’s skin plays an important role in maintaining their health. The skin acts as a barrier protecting your baby from harmful things such as heat and cold, bacteria and other germs .The skin also helps to regulate your baby’s internal temperature and prevent dehydration.
THE BARRIER OF BABYS SKIN IS MUCH THINNER THAN YOUR OWN
Development of baby’s skin begins in the womb and doesn't finish until at least a year after birth. The thinnest part of baby’s skin is generally their face . It is advised you should take great care when choosing cleansing and moisturising products that you will use to avoid damaging the skin barrier which can lead to developing skin conditions such as eczema
BATHING NEWBORNS IS RECOMMENDED 2-3 TIMES PER WEEK
It is recommended you bathe newborns 2-3 times per week until your baby is more mobile and they require more regular bathing. Your midwife will generally advise you on this and show you how to bathe baby. The first time can be a little daunting! It is worth noting cleaning babies’ skin with water alone will remove some dirt, but cannot remove substances that do not dissolve in water. When left on the skin these substances can cause irritation. It is recommended you use a very mild body wash and be very cautious when introducing it to baby’s skin. Always use a very small amount to test on baby’s skin first in case of any allergy’s.
KEEPING BABYS SKIN HYDRATED IN IMPORTANT
Newborn skin can be very dry as it lacks the natural moisturisers found in adult skin. It is important to keep baby’s skin hydrated to stop them from having dry skin. This especially applies to babies born in winter as they are exposed to much more artificial heat at home and while out and about or travelling. Therefore be sure to keep their skin moisturised to help protect against dry skin and potential flareups