In full development, the skin is the most exposed part of a baby. Very vulnerable and fragile, it is regularly exposed to external aggression, which is the source of various disorders. Therefore, it is important to offer the best dermatological care to preserve your child’s skin microbiome. Overview of some of these treatments in this article.
Changing care for babies
Changing babies is an essential gesture that requires special care. Because of its sensitivity, the infant’s skin is vulnerable to attack. That is why it is important to make every moment of changing pleasant with dermatological, hygienic and skin-friendly care. For example, to clean the baby’s bottom, get in the habit of using cotton pads or organic wipes.
Avoid synthetic cotton cleaners. These chlorine bleached products can affect your child’s physical health. Instead, opt for washable natural towels or make them yourself. Midwives recommend changing your newborn’s diaper an average of 8 times a day.
Like wipes, products used to swaddle your baby should be chemical-free. There are several alternatives to baby seat cleaners on the market. For example, a micellar water is indicated for a softening wash. Enriched with natural plants, this water absorbs dirt without damaging your child’s skin. Cleansing milk and oil-lime rub are also interesting options for changing babies. After the baby’s buttocks have been cleaned, you can finally apply a diaper cream.
A moment of complicity and tenderness, bathing an infant requires a great deal of attention and care. Since babies don’t sweat and lubricate as much as parents, one bath a day is more than enough. From cleansing milk to moisturizing cream, various treatments promote a carefree bath for your little one. Let’s start with dermatological soap, which must be made without harsh chemicals. It can be applied directly to the baby’s previously damp skin and head. To increase comfort, you can use an organic cotton glove.
An alternative to dermatological soap is cleansing milk. To use it, simply pour a few drops of the product onto your glove and apply to baby’s body. Combining softness and a good smell, the cleansing milk will allow you to remove all the dirt on your baby’s body.
Additionally, petroleum jelly and saline are essential for a complete and successful toilet. Vaseline ointment helps to remove the cradle cap observed on the child’s scalp. Physiological serum, on the other hand, is used to clean his eyes and the inside of his nose. Finally, opt for a moisturizer without perfume or parabens to keep your skin hydrated and soft.
Some dermatological diseases in babies
Most of the rashes in babies do no harm and go away on their own. Among the most common dermatological diseases we distinguish:
Diaper rash, atopic eczema, newborn acne, cradle cap.
Diaper rash is an infection caused by prolonged contact of a baby’s bottom with a soiled diaper. This disease is not contagious and heals in a few days without medication. To relieve your little one, be sure to change his diaper as soon as it becomes soiled with urine or feces. Another alternative are ultra-absorbent diapers, so that the baby’s bottom stays dry for a long time.
Neurodermatitis, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin disease that appears in the first few months of the baby. The factors that cause this skin problem are usually environmental: dust, animal dander, etc. An effective remedy for eczema is oil-lime rub. This lime water and olive oil solution cleans your child’s skin while moisturizing it.
Baby acne is a common skin condition that currently affects 2 in 10 babies. Generally harmless, it manifests as inflammation followed by small white or red pimples. To wash a baby with acne, parents should use a mild soap with a neutral pH. Then dry them gently with a clean cloth. Another effective and natural remedy for relieving this disorder is breast milk.
baby and the sun
The sun can be beautiful, but it could endanger your baby’s sensitive skin. The baby’s skin tissue absorbs UV rays more intensively and faster. Aside from the painful aspect, sunburn can be very serious for your little one’s health. Indeed, severe sunburn is the cause of blisters, chills, vomiting, and sometimes high temperature.
To protect your baby from the sun’s rays, dermatological care based on the use of sunscreen is mandatory. Make sure this product is chemical solution free and hypoallergenic. Before use, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with water and mild soap. Then apply the cream to the areas of skin that cannot be covered by clothing. You can also use zinc oxide on your baby’s nose, ears, and lips. It is best to protect your baby from direct sunlight in the first 6 months.
Tips for your baby’s healthy skin
Blemishes are common in babies’ first year of life. To limit these problems and guarantee smooth and healthy skin, here are some tips to follow.
First, keep your baby’s skin moisturized at all times. It’s normal for babies to develop small patches of dry skin in the first few weeks. If your baby has very dry or cracked skin, you can apply petroleum jelly products. A moisturizing lotion without fragrances and dyes on the skin is also recommended.
Then keep your baby’s skin clean and dry. It is also important not to overuse moisturizers or other dermatological products. Watch his nails grow too. Finally, wash your baby’s underwear after each use. If these items are not washed frequently, bacteria can build up which could irritate your baby’s skin.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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