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Baby skin is different from adult skin: more sensitive and less resilient. It is important to understand the differences, as it influences how to care for baby skin.
At birth, baby skin undergoes a dramatic change from an aqueous (in the womb) to a dry environment. Baby skin, hair, and fingernails all start to form during the first trimester of pregnancy and continue to develop.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BABY SKIN CARE
1. Avoid Fragrance and Other Irritants
Fragrances and other irritants can exacerbate skin conditions in babies, such as eczema. Avoid products that contain fragrances, sulfates, and other ingredients that may cause irritation.
2. Use Gentle Cleansers
When bathing your baby, use mild, soap-free cleansers that are specifically formulated for baby skin. Avoid using harsh soaps or chemicals that can strip the skin of natural oils.
3. Avoid Over-Bathing
While it may be tempting to give your baby frequent baths, it is important to avoid over-bathing. Bathing too frequently can dry out the skin and cause irritation. Aim to bathe your baby no more than every other day, or as recommended by your pediatrician.
4. Moisturise Regularly
To help maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier, apply a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to your baby’s skin after bathing. Look for products that are specifically formulated for baby skin, and avoid those that contain ingredients that may cause irritation.
5. Be Sun-Safe
Frequent sunburns and exposure to sunlight in childhood are strongly related to melanoma development; therefore, appropriate measures of photoprotection have been considered to decrease the risk of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer. Since baby skin is more susceptible to damage from UV radiation, it is important to protect your baby from the sun. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, that is specifically formulated for babies, compliment this with a hat and special UV protective clothes if needed and avoid exposing your baby to direct sunlight during peak hours.
6. Prevent Diaper Rash
Protect babies bum 24/7 from a nasty diaper rash. A safe and affordable product known to prevent, soothes and treats diaper rash is Aquaphor, There are special baby formulations available which can also include ingredients like zinc oxide and pathenol and off course are fragrance fee.
In case of doubts or concerns don't hesitate to consult your pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist.
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