18 Aug 2022 | 3 min Read
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Taking care of the baby’s skin during monsoons is important as there are a lot of fluctuations in the temperature which can bring skin issues like rashes and dryness. Since a baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to dryness and allergies, giving them the right care during monsoon can keep the baby’s skin concerns at bay.
Not just the skin, take precautions to avoid your baby from catching infections during the monsoon. Here are some ways to nourish your baby’s skin during the monsoons.
Massaging the baby with oil is an old technique and has a myriad of benefits. According to the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), massaging your baby with the right oil and doing it systematically helps to improve cognitive performance and reduces stress behaviour. This results in lower cortisol levels in the baby.
You can use a natural oil like cold-pressed organic coconut oil to massage your baby. Ensure that you massage your baby in a warm room. Begin by pouring a small amount of oil into your hands and gently glide over your baby’s palms and other areas of the body.
Monsoons tend to make the air around humid leaving dampness. This dampness can cause diaper rashes in babies. Since babies wear diapers for a long period, rashes can also happen because of wet nappies.
Thus use a diaper rash cream to prevent diaper rashes. Pick a cream which is rich in natural oils and has healing properties, like neem oil and moringa oil. Don’t forget to change your baby’s diapers frequently before they get wet to prevent the rashes from worsening.
The pesky mosquito bites are common during the monsoons hence you must protect your baby from them. Mosquito bites can cause hives, low-grade fever and even extreme swelling in babies. So to protect your little one from mosquitoes, you can use a natural mosquito-repellent cream or mosquito patches to keep your baby safe from mosquito bites.
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Bath time is an opportunity for parents to engage and bond with the baby. However, during monsoons, a daily bath for your baby is not necessary. You can bathe your baby about two to three times a week. Ensure that you bathe your baby in a warm room with lukewarm water. You can use the back of your elbow to check if the water temperature is fine or not. Choose the right baby cleanser which is natural and mild for your baby’s skin and keeps it soft and smooth.
A newborn’s skin is 30 per cent thinner hence it is prone to dryness. Plus, monsoons can aggravate the dryness in the baby’s skin and cause skin infections and rashes. You must use a good moisturising cream or lotion for your baby that helps to retain moisture in the baby’s skin. Go for a baby-safe and natural product to nourish and protect his/her skin. You can also use organic coconut oil to moisturise the skin.
Use these simple tips to nourish your baby’s skin during the monsoons. These tips will not only protect them against skin infections and dryness but mosquito bites as well.
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