Baby Soft Skin - The Do's & Don’ts of Skin Care Products
Babies are not born with an instruction manual. Once they are out of the protective shelter of mother’s womb, babies are exposed to a world full of harmful factors. This means, they need care and protection from all these aspects since they are sensitive and low on immunity. Baby’s skin is one such factor that requires attention and maintenance to prevent damages. Cleansing and moisturising are key attributes to keeping a baby skin healthy and nourished. It is essential to choose and use the right skin care products, because with children we cannot take a chance. Here are some pointers that can help parents make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right skin care product.
Shield the skin with right pH
Bathing is an essential aspect of baby’s cleansing routine. Before birth, the child is protected in the mother's womb with a natural covering called vernix caseosa. As soon as they come out into the world, their skin is not fully developed and more prone to dryness and itching. To protect them from the external environment, it is important to use a soap free pH balanced cleanser, preferably with pH 5.5 . It protects the skin from external agents as well as maintains the hydration of your child’s skin.
Bathing or cleansing baby is essential:
- To protect the tender skin
- To cleanse dirt
- Ensure hygiene
- And keep infections at bay
Baby skin is prone to extreme dryness that can result in itching and atopic dermatitis or eczema. It is important to use a moisturizer based, dermatologically tested soap. A regular soap can do further harm to an eczema prone skin.
Extra Care for Baby's Hair
Baby hair care is as important as skin care. Cleansing hair is part of everyday routine for all children. Baby’s hair is different from adult hair in terms of texture, density and softness. Baby hair is approximately five times thinner and fragile as compared to adult hair. Therefore, babies require a specially formulated shampoo to:
- Keep baby scalp clean and hygienic
- Ensure hair strength
- Avoid frizziness
- Prevent sweat
- Treat Cradle Cap (Cradle cap is a greasy, yellowish, scaly rash that appears in patches on the scalps of young infants)
- To maintain the natural pH balance of scalp
It is essential to choose the right hair care products for your baby. Shampoos high in chemicals like sulphate can cause harm to baby scalp resulting in rashes and itches. Bathing sessions are not only meant for cleansing but also an opportunity for bonding. Hence make them fun by using mild and tear free products.
Skin nourished, dryness vanished
Babies are born with extremely gentle, delicate and fragile skin. Baby’s skin takes about 365 days to develop, hence needs proper care.There are many types of moisturisers available in the market but the best ones are which mimic your skin’s composition. Such moisturisers moisturise the skin (prevent dryness) along with nourishment.
Moisturisation should be an essential part of an everyday ritual:
- To keep the skin hydrated.
- To prevent skin from drying.
- To protect and act as a barrier
- To prevent itching and scaling
- To help skin breathe better.
Baby skin is sensitive and hence it is very important to use chemical free products. Baby moisturizers should always be tried and tested since they can leave a harmful reaction on baby skin if not suitable.
Keeping babies safe may seem like a challenging task, thanks to the increasing environmental hazards. Always go for tried and tested products when it comes to your baby. After all, taking a few simple precautionary measures to ensure safety can go long.
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