Newborn Skin Care – All You Need to Know

Newborn’s skin is very sensitive and requires special care. Being a first-time parent you must know about newborn skincare and do some research on how to care for your baby. Some new clothes, fragrances, or chemicals in baby products can cause skin irritation, dryness, or rashes. Below are some tips that you can follow to make your newborn’s skin soft and healthy.

Skin rashes on newborns –

To prevent and cure skin rashes you can follow the below-mentioned tips:

Avoid scented skincare products:

Using products that have fragrances can irritate a newborn’s delicate skin.

Wash baby clothes before every use:

Use cotton clothes for your little one and make sure to wash them before each use. If you buy new clothes then it is a must to wash them so that they don’t cause any skin rashes on the newborn. Use gentle detergents for washing baby clothes.

Avoid Frequent Bathing:

Frequent bathing can cause dryness. So try to bathe your baby a maximum of 3-4 times a week for the first 1-2 months. You can do a sponge bath daily. For this, dip the towel in warm water and clean the baby’s skin gently. 

Never use powder on baby’s skin:

Sometimes when you see rashes you apply powder on the baby’s skin. But when you use powder, babies can inhale tiny particles which may cause lung infection in babies. So for the baby’s safety avoid using them.

Baby Acne or pimples –

Newborns can have little spots on their face which look like acne. They don’t need any special treatment. Just clean your baby’s face with water and pat dry. Don’t use any product to treat this acne. They will disappear within a few days. But if you feel the baby is uncomfortable or they are not getting better then call your pediatrician. He can suggest some ointment.

Milia or white bumps –

White bumps usually appear on the nose or face and are caused by oil glands blocked by skin flakes. They are not signs of any infection. They don’t need any treatment and when the baby grows they start disappearing.

Eczema or Dry Skin –

It is an itchy red rash that may appear on the baby’s face, scalp, at the elbows, arms, or behind the knees. To prevent eczema use mild detergents, gentle soaps, and keep bath time shorts. Avoid using scented skincare products. Moisturize the baby’s dry skin with baby lotions or moisturizers. Always use soft cotton clothes. If the problem becomes severe then consult your pediatrician. He may prescribe ointments or medicines for the same.

Cradle Cap –

It occurs during the first or second month and usually disappears within a year. It occurs due to excessive oiling. It appears as a waxy, scaly, or red rash on the scalp, eyebrows, or behind the ears. You can use a soft brush on the scalp after the baby takes a bath. After bathing it becomes soft and you can gently remove it using a soft brush. But don’t be harsh on the baby’s scalp as it’s so sensitive and the baby can get hurt. Otherwise, let it be and when the baby grows it will disappear on its own, or else you can consult your pediatrician for the same.

Diaper rashes in a newborn –

Diaper rash is when your baby has irritation or red skin around the diaper area. It occurs if you don’t change diapers after 3-4 hours or the baby is not wearing the correct diaper size (wearing tight diapers). Some diaper brands or wipes may not suit the baby. So always change diapers from time to time. Never keep your baby in wet diapers. Use the correct diaper size according to the weight and age of the baby. 

You can apply coconut oil if it suits your baby’s skin before changing diapers or there are diaper rash creams available in the market that can also be used. During the day, give diapers free time to your little one. In severe conditions consult the doctor.

Jaundice –

Jaundice usually appears 2-3 days after the baby’s birth and is common in premature babies. When the baby’s skin and eyes appear yellow it means he is suffering from jaundice. It may last for 1-2 weeks. You can cure your little one by giving him an early morning sunbath for 15 minutes. Frequent breastfeeding can also help to prevent it. For most severe cases phototherapy is recommended. So whenever you see the yellow coloration on your baby’s skin, consult his pediatrician.

Birthmarks –

It is skin discoloration and it is there when the baby is born or appears within a few months after the baby is born. There is no need to worry if you see such marks on your baby’s skin. But if you are still worried then you can talk to your doctor.

Every baby has a different skin type and most of them develop problems related to skin such as skin rashes or dryness. It is common in infants. As they have sensitive skin keep them clean and maintain proper hygiene and keep your baby’s skin moisturized. You must consult your doctor from time to time during the first year.

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