‘As soft as baby skin’ implies there’s nothing as tender as baby skin demanding special care to keep it looking and feeling best. Skin starts ageing time after we’re born and this itself tells us care infant-skin needs.
- I believe first thing needs addressing is dressing baby in light-weight, long-sleeved clothing that allows skin breathe. Keep baby’s clothing soft, with natural fibres like cotton to avoid rashes and flare-ups. No smothering baby in fancy silks etc that can scratch and tear into skin, ouch. No over-doing on warm clothes unless the conditions demand.
- Avoid chemical sunscreen protection until after baby is at least six months. Instead, when going out, give it a hat and sunglasses, ensuring they don’t scratch or harm. If your baby is older than 6 months it’s okay to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, especially made for infant-use. For mild infant sunburn, apply a cool cloth to baby’s skin for 10-15 minutes a few times daily. Stick to infant-specific quality brands formulated for baby’s skin, hypoallergenic and tested under supervision of dermatologists and paediatricians.
- Keep baby skin dry and clean always. Using quality diapers is second to nothing. Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy. Every time baby needs diaper change, clean area with damp, soft towel and dry with another, paying special attention to folds of skin. If rash appears, apply some Milk of Magnesia on the affected area and leave baby free of diaper for some time. Check area behind baby’s ears regularly so there’s no dryness/rashes etc. Never use perfumed products on infants.
- Light-massage, prior to bathing, helps hydrate skin and promote sleep. Use specially-formulated, branded products. Never fiddle with the baby’s cradle cap, ear skin or navel as probing could lead to severe problems beyond superficial infection. Bathe baby in lukewarm water, after testing it on back of your hand; too cold or warm water will harm skin. Use a hypoallergenic soap made for baby’s soft skin. Soap application could be kept for alternate days. Use a ‘no-tears’ baby shampoo on hair. After bathing, dry baby skin thoroughly and while still moist, tap lightly a baby moisturizer to keep it soft and healthy.
- Never use starched clothes, towel, bedding etc as being abrasive they will scratch tender skin. I made sure to dip all new clothing in water & sun-dried them to make them germ-free. Never use harsh detergent while washing baby’s clothes as it could cause severe skin reaction. Wash baby clothes separately to avoid cross infection from adults. When using antiseptic, make sure it is diluted so it doesn’t aggravate soft skin. Despite best care, if skin rash does occur, don’t treat it yourself, but get it checked by paediatrician.