A new born babe’s skin is always soft and smooth. There is no doubt that a baby’s skin is devoid of complications, but how can you continue this spree of smoothness?
The problem with babies is that they are vulnerable to skin rashes or diseases and this will hamper the skin texture as well as cause irritation to the skin. Even after we have tried all the tricks in the books there could be problems pertaining to the skin in relation to rashes. There are conditions that could be treated at home and also those that require medical attention. Take care of your baby’s skin with some easy tips.
Every parents fear their baby getting diaper rashes and the worst part is that babies are too young to tolerate the irritation that it causes. Diaper rashes are common in the initial months of the baby, but this can definitely be prevented with some measures. You have to make your baby wear a diaper and this means that there is a high chance of rashes. Diaper rashes form when the diaper is too tight or wet. You can reverse this by keeping the diaper are open whenever it is possible and try changing it every five hours. Also, clean the area with warm cloth and apply cream.
Prickly heat can be itchy and also cause bumps on your baby’s tender skin. If in case you reside in a hot and humid area then you has to make sure that you wash your baby with warm water thoroughly and powder all the sweaty parts. Especially you will have to clean up arms, neck, skin folds, and diaper area. Babies could get this condition even after you have wrapped the little one gently in tight clothing and even during winter you should pack him or her with winter clothing.
This is another common dampener to your baby’s soft and smooth skin. Sunburn is very common in babies and it should be taken care of at the right time. You should not expose your baby directly to the sun’s rays for the first few months after birth, this is a complete no. Then with the passage of time you can apply sunscreen lotion on your baby’s skin to guard it against the harsh UV rays of the sun.
Cradle caps can be treated when it is mild at the comfort of your home. You can loosen the crusts by gently massaging the scalp with baby oil at night and then by washing the hair with a baby shampoo the next morning. You can lift the crusts off gently with a soft brush. You should try this every day until you see that your baby’s scalp looks clearer.
Your baby can also get acne which is also known as Acne neonatorum or neonatal baby acne which is caused by maternal hormones. You should know that it is the same hormone which is involved in causing acne in adolescents. The only difference between the two is that it will only resolve on its own in a matter of just a few weeks. You do not really need any treatment for this.
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