Baby Skin Care: Tips for Your Newborn
Your newborn is home now, and you're settling into a daily routine. Keeping your baby warm and nourished is tops on your list. Baby skin care is just as important.
Newborn skin is delicate -- and so is the baby's immune system. Chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products may cause newborn skin irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. However, there's much you can do to protect your baby from these skin problems.
The upside to baby's skin sensitivity? Your touch on your newborn's skin has a soothing, nurturing effect -- and is critical to your baby's development.
Natural Baby Skin Care
A newborn baby is born with wrinkly skin and a protective covering called vernix that naturally peels off during the first week. There's no need to rush it, rub it with lotions or creams.
With newborn skin care, the adage is "less is more."
Resist the urge to bathe your baby frequently. Too-frequent bathing removes the natural oils that protect baby's skin.
Except for drool and diaper changes, newborns don't get very dirty. Babies aren’t working 9 to 5 and hitting the gym afterward! For the first month or so, a sponge bath two or three times a week will keep your baby safely clean. In between, simply clean baby’s mouth and diaper area with a little water or cleanser.
Wash baby's clothing before it's worn. Use baby laundry detergents that are fragrance- and dye-free. Wash baby clothes, bedding, and blankets separately from the family's laundry.
Newborn Dry Skin
Most newborn skin problems don't develop for the first month or two.
A few tips on preventing dry and irritated skin:
- Try once-a-week bathing to allow skin to retain natural oils.
- Limit your use of baby skin products.
- Make sure baby wears only soft clothing.
Newborn Skin Soaks Up Calming Touch
Giving your newborn a massage is important one-on-one time. Like cuddling, a massage is a way to convey your love and affection for your baby. Massaged babies are calmer, sleep better, and cry less -- every parent's dream!
There's no special technique to massaging a baby. Find a carpeted floor in a warm room. Simply lay baby on a soft blanket or fabric. Get a little baby oil or a gentle lotion. Warm it in your hand. Then gently massage baby's chest and tummy -- using a gentle touch. Try to make eye contact and talk to your baby. Sing softly.
If there's any fussing, baby may not be ready for a massage. Or the massage may be too forceful, so use a gentler touch. It's the time spent together that's most important.
Source from: webmd
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