If you are breastfeeding, you can put some of your own breast milk on your baby’s dry skin as a moisturizer. Breast milk is a natural anti-bacterial and has moisturizing properties in it. Read more about other uses of breast milk.
Petroleum jelly can be applied to baby’s whole body including dry areas on the face. Petroleum jelly is great for locking in the skins moisture.
Aloe Vera gel is an anti-bacterial as well as a wonderful moisturizer for baby’s skin.
Oatmeal can be added to the bath water as a moisturizer.
Baby oil dry skin: Organic olive oil and baby oil can be applied to dry patches of skin or used as an overall moisturizer.
Tips on Baby Care for Dry Skin
The use of probiotics – Probiotics will promote good bacteria in the gut, which assists digestion, therefore, helping to prevent eczema. If you don’t want to buy the supplements, you can find probiotics in live cultured yogurts.
Calendula – Especially helpful when treating eczema. Add it to coconut oil and apply liberally to your baby’s skin.
Do not soak your baby in the water too long as this can remove more oil from his skin.
Use cooler water when bathing baby, hot water can cause dry skin.
Always use a natural soap that is made for a baby’s gentle skin.
Use a good natural moisturizer and apply this to baby’s body and face after every bath.
Avoid chlorinated swimming pools and always give baby a rinse down and moisturize him after a swim.
If your baby is formula fed you should give him extra water to drink
for extra skin hydration. Babies that are breastfed do not need extra
water, as the breast milk contains everything they need.
Get a humidifier, which will make the air more skin friendly for baby.
Keep your baby’s skin and face closed while out in the cold winter air.
In the summer you should also try to keep your baby out of the sun and apply a good sun screen when outside.
Always rinse out your baby’s clothing twice before drying it, to make sure that all the detergents are washed out.
Change your baby’s diapers as often as possible to avoid baby dry skin.
Buy cotton clothing instead of harsh fabrics like wool, polyester or
rayon as cotton makes it easier for the skin to breathe.
Always pat your baby’s skin dry, never rub dry.
Give your baby an oatmeal bath – Oatmeal reduces itching and moisturizes the skin. Video below...
– If your baby has a mild skin rash that is red and seems itchy you
will need to see your dermatologist, as it might indicate eczema.