Baby Skin Care: Protecting Baby’s Skin

Protection where your baby needs it most
Did you know that your newborn baby’s skin constantly changes in the first few months? So it's not surprising that it’s really sensitive. In fact, 1 in 3 babies have some kind of skin sensitivity before the age of three so it’s important to protect your little ones skin.

What causes sensitive skin in babies?
If your baby starts to suffer from sensitive skin there could be a number of reasons why. Here are some of the main causes of skin irritations to help you take care of your baby’s skin and keep their soft skin safe.

  1. Allergens - Your baby’s skin reaction could be caused by an allergy, for example something they've touched, eaten or perhaps inhaled. These irritate the baby’s body and symptoms can be mild or more severe, seasonal or ongoing because of constant exposure to the allergen.
  2. Genetic - Your baby’s sensitive skin may simply be occurring due to a genetic predisposition, with no external factors at all. This increases the susceptibility of your baby experiencing symptoms.
  3. Irritants - Irritants and chemicals in soap and detergents can easily be passed on to your baby, either directly or through their clothes or contact with other people.
  4. Weather Conditions - Different weather conditions can have a big impact on your baby's skin. Cold and dry conditions can remove natural skin moisture, leaving baby with dry and irritable skin.

Why is your baby’s skin different to yours?
The structure of your baby’s skin means it's much thinner and more absorbent than an adult’s. Here are six small differences between baby and adult skin so that you can take extra care in keeping your baby’s skin safe.

  • Moisture Absorption: Your baby’s skin absorbs and loses moisture much more quickly than grown-ups.
  • Temperature Control: Your baby can’t regulate their body temperature as easily as an adult so and can be more vulnerable to rashes.
  • Fast Healing - Your baby's skin has fast healing properties compared to adults.
  • Thinner Skin - The outer layer of babies skin is 20-30% thinner than an adult, making it a lot less resilient to temperature changes.
  • Infections - Infant immune systems and skin barriers are a lot weaker than adults, so they can easily pick up infections.
  • Friction - Because your baby’s skin is thinner, it can be more easily damaged by friction from clothing, allowing irritants to penetrate.

Help Protect Sensitive Skin
Prevention is better than cure, especially when it comes to brand new skin. So these simple tips show you the best way to protect your baby's sensitive skin:

  • Limit bath times - a short bath 2-3 times a week is plenty.
  • Pat don't rub - gently pat them dry with a soft towel.
  • Keep cool - keep your room temperature low to stop their skin drying out.
  • Change your washing powder - to one formulated just for babies.
  • Moisturise straight from the bath - and top up every 12 hours.
  • Buy a humidifier - to help moisturise their skin from the air.
  • Stay hydrated - Help hydration with regular feeds.

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  1. nabeel says:

    To be a Mom is really hard i think . My baby girl really trouble me and play with me a lot . She every time want some thing or an another from me . She loves to eat chocolate, she speak such sweetly choco choco because she cant speak it exactly . But the real problems are with her diapers which suddenly get leaks . what should i do ? which diaper should i use ?

  2. Lucyca says:

    Baby’s skin care is really an important for parents. You described here better about the different aspect of baby’s skin that are really important. I would like to note one thing that how I can treat the diaper rashes that are affecting my little one of two weeks, is there any side effect if I use the diaper rash cream in this stage. please advice. Thank you.