A baby’s delicate skin requires special care. As its protective barrier is developing and adapting to a new environment, infant skin is sensitive and especially vulnerable to chapping, chafing and rashes. Dry baby skin is also a common concern.
One place to start is with your baby’s clothing and any garments that touch his or her skin. Newborns may be susceptible to chemicals found in new clothing, so be sure to wash clothes thoroughly before they’re worn. Also, a baby’s skin can easily be irritated by soap and harsh detergents, so use products that are free of fragrances and dyes. Check the labels to ensure that the detergent you choose is safe for sensitive skin.
Frequent bathing can dry out baby’s delicate skin. During the first year, a bath two or three times a week is all that’s needed. Avoid long baths and hot water, since both can cause dry baby skin. Gently cleanse your baby, paying special attention to skin folds and the diaper area. Soaps can be drying and fragrances may irritate, so look for a soap-free, fragrance-free cleanser. After bathing, gently pat away excess water with a soft, absorbent towel.
No one can resist a baby’s soft, tender skin. To keep it that way, smooth on a moisturizer within three minutes of bathing to seal in moisture.Use moisturizers without fragrances as dyes or fragrances as they may be irritating to baby’s sensitive skin.
To prevent and treat diaper rash, change diapers frequently to avoid prolonged contact with irritating wetness, and wash the diaper area with each diaper change. Always wipe a baby’s bottom from front to back to help avoid infection. Allow skin to air dry, or use a soft cloth. Then apply a thin layer of ointment to create a barrier between skin and wetness. Call your pediatrician if diaper rash doesn’t improve, or worsens.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Moisturize, soften and smooth dry skin
2. Improve the appearance of the skin
3. Achieve healthier-looking skin