Organic baby skin care help and baby skin care advice
A baby’s skin is much more sensitive than a grown person’s skin, it is
thinner and less oily and it also produces less melanin, which protects
the skin from the sun. A baby’s skin is also less resistant to harmful
bacteria and pollution in the air.
Straight after birth it is very common for a baby to have a few skin
conditions, due to the hormones of the mom still remaining in the baby’s
system, but these will disappear after a few weeks.
Other skin conditions that baby might be struggling with:
Heat rash – This occurs during summer months when a baby had been
overdressed or overheated. It looks like little small pimples, anywhere
on the body. Try to keep baby dressed in clothes that breathe well and
don’t overdress baby.
– This looks like a crust on the scalp. This is caused by overactive
glands and is very common. This is usually fixed by applying baby oil to
baby’s delicate skin.
- Eczema – This is a common skin condition
in infants. Usually seen as red, scaly skin. You might need to chance
the baby products that you have been using. Talk to your pediatrician.
Acne – Infant acne is seen as pink/red spots on the face. This is
usually caused by the hormones of the mom that are still in baby’s
system. They usually disappear within a few weeks.
- Chafing –
This is caused by friction of the baby’s clothes against his skin. Could
be caused by clothing that is too tight or by clothing tags. Remove all
clothing tags or rubber pieces on clothing to prevent this.
Infant skin care tips
- Keep baby’s skin dry. Allow baby to go without a nappy for at least an hour daily.
Instead of using wipes to clean baby’s skin, you can use clear water
and cotton pads. Baby wipes can contain substances that can irritate
some babies’ skins.
- Always wash baby’s clothing in detergents that are specially made for babies. Don’t use harsh products to clean the clothing.
- Never wash baby more than once per day and always use luke warm
water, not hot water. Hot water can remove essential oils, leaving the
skin dry. Washing too often does the same.
- Always moisturize baby after a bath. Use a natural, mild lotion.
- Don’t leave a nappy on too long, its best to keep baby’s bum dry to prevent nappy rash.
- Always use baby safe skin care products
Baby care organic skin - Homemade baby skin care
Natural skin care for baby…
- Instead of washing baby with soap you can use milk.
- Put some lemon juice in baby’s bath water, then moisturize the skin well afterwards. Leaves the skin feeling soft.
- Mild soaps containing coconut, olive oil or palm oil are better to use than other soaps.
Babies with dry skin can be moisturized with sesame seed oil or coconut
oil. To learn baby massage techniques and the benefits of massage
therapy for babies, I recommend
Massage Videos for Education.
You can watch a video of how to massage your baby, also.
- Calendula soap can be used instead of other soap, it is anti-bacterial so it can help for infant acne too.
- Avoid using natural baby skin care recipes that contain fruits that can cause allergy like strawberries.
Warnings and information on baby skin care
- Never use bubble bath in a baby’s bath water, it can cause infections and destroy the skins good bacteria.
Babies who have little or no hair should not be shampooed too often. If
your baby has very little hair you can shampoo it with a very mild
shampoo, once per week. Other than this you can just rinse baby’s head
with plain water or milk.
- Baby talc products should be avoided
as they have been found to cause skin irritation. Powder talc products
have also been found to cause problems with breathing.
- Do not
use mosquito repellants on an infants skin as they can cause rashes,
rather prevent mosquito bites with mosquito nets or citronella candles.
- Baby care skin sunscreen - Keep baby out of the sun if possible. Use good sun protection that is made for a baby’s skin.
What baby products are good to use?
- Mild, gentle, fragrance free, alcohol free and any natural baby skin care product is good.
- The products should be free of coloring agents.
- Stay away from products containing mint of peppermint.
- Use diapers that are extra absorbent, this will keep baby’s bottom from nappy rash.
- Baby sunscreen skin care - Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide are best choice to avoid skin irritation.