Simple Tips to Keep Your Baby’s Skin Healthy
There’s nothing that can be compared with the soft, and delicate skin of a baby. And nothing seems as harsh as the cranky newborn irritated by the cradle cap, diaper rash or any other skin condition. While your baby looks perfect, but his/her skin may not be that perfect. Many little babies easily get skin irritation in their first few weeks. Here is something that you can do about it.
Newborns Are Prone to Rashes
Normally baby rashes don’t cause much harm and heal on their own. But still caring for your baby’s skin may seem tough. To make it easy you really just need to know these three simple things:
- Which conditions can you treat at home?
- Which condition needs medical treatment?
- How can you keep skin problems in check?
Avoid Diaper Rash
If your child is having a red skin around the diaper area, you are then dealing with diaper rash. It mostly happens because of skin irritation caused by:
- When diapers are too tight
- Wet diapers left on skin for too long
- A particular brand of diapers, detergent, or baby wipes
You can avoid diaper rash if you do following things:
- Keep the diaper area open to the air for as long as possible
- Change your child’s diaper as soon as it gets wet
If it crops up, wash it with lukewarm cloth, and put zinc oxide cream.
What to Do With Pimples and Whiteheads
Baby “acne” are not really the acne that most teenagers get. Research shows that it can be related to yeast, not with oil. Pimples on a baby’s cheeks and nose normally clear up by themselves in just a few weeks. So you don’t need to worry much about treating baby’s acne or using lotion.
Lots of babies have birthmarks– i.e. more than 1 in 10 babies. Birthmarks are the areas of skin discoloration, that are not in general inherited. They may be present when your baby is born, or it might show up in a few months later on.
Generally, there is nothing to worry about birthmarks and no treatment is required. But if still your baby’s birthmark troubles you, talk to your doctor or pediatrician.
Eczema is an itchy, red rash that usually happens in the response to a trigger. The condition is commonly visible in children who have the family history of allergies, asthma, or atopic dermatitis. Eczema can appear on your baby’s face like a weepy rash. And in some time, it becomes dry, thick, and scaly. You can also see it on your child’s elbows, arms, chest, or behind the knees. For its treatment, identify it and avoid any things that trigger it. Use mild soaps and detergents, and also apply a moderate amount of moisturizers. If you child has more severe eczema then consult your doctor for the treatment.
Prickly Heat Causes Irritated Skin
Small pinkish-red bumps that usually appears prickly heat occurs on the parts of your baby’s body that are likely to sweating, liker:
- Diaper area
- Skin folds
A cool, dry, environment-friendly and loose-fitting clothes are all that you need to treat it. Remember that prickly heat can even occur in winter when your infant is over-bundled in warm clothes. Try dressing them in layers that you can easily remove when things get heated up.
You probably should not worry if your newborn child has a peeling, dry skin. It happens often if your baby is born a little late. The underlying skin is perfectly healthy, moist and soft. But if your child’s dry skin don’t go away, consult your baby’s pediatrician.
Infant Skin Doesn’t Need Powdering
Babies can easily inhale the very fine particles of talcum powder or the larger grains of cornstarch. This can cause lung problem. So it’s asked to avoid using powder on your infant.
White Bumps (Milia)
A lot of newborns get little white bumps on their skin known as milia. It usually appears on the nose and face area. They are caused by oil glands that get blocked by skin flakes. Milia are also known as “baby acne,” however baby acne is normally related to yeast infection. Skin care for milia is quite easy. As your infant’s glands open up in a few days or weeks, the bumps will disappear and won’t need any treatment.
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