It is a new year! A new year brings new attitudes, new experiences, and new regimens. Many parents are not just thinking about themselves but also thinking about their babies. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team share how to ring in the new year with healthy baby skin!
Did you know that water actually dries out the skin?
Contrary to those spa images in our minds that soaking in a bath is nurturing our skin, water actually pulls out the natural moisture that we have in our skin. Keep your baby’s skin healthy and hydrated. Simply keep bath times short. Dr. Amy recommends less than 5 minutes in lukewarm water. To learn how to give your baby a bath, tune in to Baby Pibu’s educational video: Splash, https://www.babypibu.com/daily-4-videos/. Right after bath time, apply a hydrating ointment to lock in the moisture.
No heat rash for baby!
Baby skin is not the same as adult skin. Baby’s skin is inefficient at sweating and cooling down when it needs to. Be mindful that your baby can become overheated in those car seats, strollers, and swaddles. Heat rash can result and present as reddish papules with clear, tiny vesicles particularly on the back. Avoid the heat rash and keep your baby’s skin healthy.
Cradle cap can be prevented.
Many babies will have a case of cradle cap before they are 6 months old. Think of cradle cap as baby dandruff. Gently exfoliating the scalp using a soft bristle brush on a daily basis can both prevent and soothe cradle cap. This gentle exfoliation helps to rid of oily buildup that occurs on a baby’s scalp and minimizes the chances of a cradle cap flare. To learn how to use a soft bristle brush at bath time, check out Baby Pibu’s Splash video, https://www.babypibu.com/daily-4-videos/. Who knew that something as simple as a soft bristle brush is one way to keep your baby’s skin healthy?
The dreaded diaper rash…
Diaper rash typically affects all babies before they become official toddlers at the age of 2 years old. There are many diaper rash triggers including diapers that are too small, a case of diarrhea, and infrequent diaper changes. Keep your baby’s skin and bottom healthy and happy by avoiding diaper rash all together. Make sure you are performing frequent diaper changes and apply a hydrating ointment with every diaper change. Whenever you see your baby’s bottom become red from irritation, apply an ointment with zinc oxide to add an extra layer of protection between your baby’s skin and the pee/poop elements.
No fragrance for baby!
Fragrance is there for the pleasure of us adults and not our babies. Did you know that repeated fragrance exposure can increase irritation to your baby’s skin and can increase the risk that your baby may develop a fragrance allergy? If you wash your baby’s clothes in fragranced detergent, consider doing an extra wash cycle and avoid dryer sheets all together. Avoid fragrance in baby skin care products as well. If you want a scent, consider a product with low amounts of lavender, rosemary or thyme essential oils. Saying no to fragranced products can help provide healthy baby skin.
A baby can sunburn.
Avoid long, direct sun exposure all together for your baby. Sit in the shade at all times and if your baby is 6 months old or older, apply a Broad-spectrum, SPF 30+ chemical-free sunscreen. A sunburn typically does not manifest itself until 6 to 8 hours later. Remember this as you spend time sitting in the sun. A sunburn is delayed, and the sunburn and the damage will not show immediately. Sunburns are definitely unhealthy so keep you baby’s skin healthy!
Start off your 2018 year with baby right! Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team hope you can keep your baby’s skin healthy by keeping these recommendations in mind. Enjoy your baby and enjoy 2018!