5 Tips to Care for Your Baby’s Skin
There is a lot of conflicting advice around baby skincare and bathing your little one. Babies have delicate skin that requires protection and care. As their immune systems are also underdeveloped, and a baby’s skin can be up to ten times thinner than an adult’s, their skin can be easily irritated or damaged.
Here are our top 5 tips to care for your baby’s skin…
1. Don’t bathe your baby every single day
You don’t need to bathe your baby every single day, as this can be counterproductive, drying out the baby’s skin and increasing the risk of sensitivities and atopic dermatitis further down the line. GP and dermatology specialist GP Dr Anita Sturnham recommends bathing your baby on alternate nights; on the nights in-between a full bath, give your baby a quick wash of the hands, face, neck, and nappy area.
2. Protect against dryness and irritation
Using a very mild cleansing agent, such as Baby Sebamed Gentle Wash, will help protect your baby’s skin from dryness. Babies, like adults, will experience dry skin from time to time, especially in winter with “exposure to cold temperatures and dry air.”
Baby products containing allantoin are formulated to help combat your baby’s dry skin, softening and smoothing the skin. Avoid washes and bubble baths containing soap, as these are too much for delicate baby skin. Soap and alkali-free baby products are best when it comes to protecting your baby’s delicate skin.
3. Promote the development of the skin’s natural acid mantle
Support the development of your baby’s natural skin protection with mild, pH balanced products. Baby skincare and wash products with a pH value of 5.5 match that of healthy skin and are clinically proven to promote the development of your baby’s skin’s natural acid mantle. This forms as the baby’s skin matures and becomes slightly acidic, acting as a protective barrier for the skin.
4. Soothe your baby’s irritated nappy area
Babies unfortunately have to deal with the discomfort of an irritated nappy area without being able to tell you about it. So, check for signs of irritation and inflammation whenever you change your baby’s nappy (which is a lot!) A mild nappy rash cream will help soothe any symptoms, as well as prevent the onset, of nappy rash.
The Baby Sebamed Diaper Rash Cream contains an effective lipid formula that helps soothe irritation, a barrier film with titanium dioxide to protect skin against harmful contact with excrements, and a pH value of 5.5 to promote healthy skin.
5. Don’t overdo it with the products
It’s advisable not to go overboard with baby skincare products, especially from several different brands with varying ingredients. Start slowly with newborn skincare so you can ensure that the products are suitable for your baby – any adverse reactions will be easier to rectify if you’re using a limited product selection. Using a lot of different products at once may also dry out your baby’s skin and cause more problems than it fixes.
Baby Sebamed products are suitable for use from birth, so there’s no need to delay your newborn’s skincare routine. The dermatologically and clinically tested Baby Sebamed range supports the development of your baby’s skin with a pH value of 5.5 (the same as healthy skin), 100% soap and alkali-free ingredients, and allantoin for soft and smooth skin.