Baby’s skin care and grooming
A baby’s skin is so soft and smooth that everyone loves to stroke it and feel its delicacy against their own. But, it is neither flawless nor perfect in every aspect. A baby’s skin takes some time to fully adapt to the external conditions which are quite different from a mother’s womb. During this period of adaptation, it can be extremely sensitive to even subtle changes in the surrounding environment. Therefore, you will have to pay a lot of attention to your baby’s skin care, if you want him/her to have healthy, soft, and supple skin every day.
Regular Baby Baths
You can bathe your baby after the remnants of the umbilical cord fall off, which usually happens within the first week itself. Until then, you can use a wet cloth to clean your baby’s face and body. You have to clean the area around the umbilicus very well too. Make sure to leave cleaning the diaper area to the very end.
It is better not to use soap on the face, but you can apply soap to clean the body. You can also use a baby shampoo to clean your baby’s hair. Using shampoo once or twice a week would be more than enough. You should make sure not to let shampoo or soap irritate your baby’s eyes.
After a week, you can give your baby proper baths. You can use a cup to gently pour water onto your baby’s body. Do not bathe your baby too frequently. Bathing twice or thrice a week will be sufficient enough.
Use non-toxic, gentle baby products
Avoid using baby soaps, shampoos, lotions, or powders with harmful, toxic, and scented products. They can cause skin irritations like Eczema and dry skin. Always try to use mild products.
Wash baby clothing regularly
It is important to wash baby wear, cot linen, blankets, or any other baby clothing regularly. But, it is better if you can avoid using strong detergents with harsh chemicals, scents, or dyes for washing purposes. You should separate your baby’s laundry from that of other family members.
Trim your baby’s nails
Just like the physical growth of your baby, its fingernails also grow at an unprecedented rate. Therefore, you might have to trim them at least once or twice a week to prevent any scratch injuries. However, baby’s toenails grow relatively slowly and filing or cutting them once in a couple of weeks would be sufficient. You can use a baby nail clipper, baby scissors, or anything safe for this purpose. Trimming nails are easier after a bath as they tend to get softer by soaking in water.
Try to prevent diaper rashes
A diaper rash is a skin irritation due to wet or soiled diapers. Normally, they are caused by microorganisms like bacteria or yeast. You can avoid this condition by checking your baby’s diapers regularly and changing wet and soiled ones as quickly as possible. You can clean the diaper area using water or a mild cleanser. You should make sure that it is completely dry before putting on a new diaper. Using baby talc or Vaseline will come in handy too. But, you will have to seek medical attention if this condition doesn’t resolve by 2-3 days.
Look out for other skin rashes
Babies are susceptible for many skin rashes apart from the most common diaper rash. They can be chicken pox, measles, scabies, hand foot mouth disease, herpes, and much more. You have to look out for any itchiness, redness, crusting, blistering, or oozing of the skin of your baby, which can be symptoms of a number of skin diseases.
Pay attention to birthmarks
Birthmarks can be found in almost each and every baby. Usually, they are benign and there’s nothing much to worry about. However, you have to look out for birthmarks that gradually turn red or pink and start to outgrow forming bumps and knots on the skin. Such birthmarks demand immediate medical attention.