Your newborn baby’s skin plays an important role in maintaining overall health, regulating baby’s internal temperature and is an essential shield that offers protection from the outside world.
A newborn baby’s skin and immune system is delicate and more prone to allergies and irritation, it has a greater tendency to dryness and it absorbs more water but loses it fast.
Your touch on your newborn’s skin has a soothing, nurturing effect, and is critical to your baby’s development.
Here are some newborn baby skin care tips and precautions that you can take to avoid skin problems:
Giving Your Baby A Sponge Bath
It is essential that newborns are not bathed within their first five days. The reason for this is that their skin needs time to adapt to the outside world and certain fabrics and perfumed creams can cause skin irritations. It also prevents weight loss, as newborn’s burn fat to produce heat when they are cold.
A newborn baby is born with wrinkly skin and a protective covering called vernix that naturally peels off during the first week. There’s no need to rush it, rub it, or treat it with lotions or creams.
Your baby will only need a sponge bath for the first few days until her umbilical stump falls off.
A daily sponge bath to clean the nappy area, neck and armpits are enough, as your baby does not come into contact with dirt.
Remember to keep your baby warmly wrapped and only expose the area that you are cleaning.
Start by wiping your baby’s eyes from the inside corner with a clean cotton wool.
Pay special attention to the creases under baby’s arms, around her neck and behind the ears.
If the umbilical stump becomes dirty or sticky, wash it with water and then gently dab it with a clean absorbent cloth.
Bathing Your Baby
It is normal to feel anxious when bathing your baby for the first time. But remember she is familiar with the feel of water, being surrounded by amniotic fluid for the past nine months.
A newborn baby’s skin is different to an adult skin and it is important to use natural and gentle products to protect them from irritants, infections and toxins.
- Water temperature: Temperature should be between 35 and 37◦C. Test the water with the back of your wrist or your elbow. The water should be warm, not hot.
- Always support baby’s head and back as you wash her.
- A new-born’s bath should take no longer than 10 or 15 minutes.
- Pay special attention to the genital and nappy areas, between the fingers and toes, the folds at the back of the knees, necks and thighs, the ears and eyes.
- The genital area should be wiped from front to back to prevent bacteria from spreading to baby’s bottom.
- Make sure when you’re drying baby’s skin that you dry in between baby’s folds and in between toes to prevent rashes.
Frequency Of Baths
Body – A bath two or three times a week is sufficient, however you must keep her nappy area clean and wash the hands and eyes regularly.
Hair – A newborn’s scalp is delicate, so be mindful when cleaning it. There is no need to wash baby’s hair every day – twice a week should be enough.
Using Natural and Gentle Cleaning Products
Never use scented soaps or bubble baths. These can be drying and irritating to a baby’s skin.
When it comes to caring for newborn baby’s delicate skin, the best baby care solutions are natural and gentle products which are safe and aren’t processed and contain harmful chemicals.
With the growing market for organic baby products which are made from essential oils and all-natural products, it has become easier to buy the best possible products to take care of your new-born baby’s skin while playing your part in protecting our planet.
Massage Your Baby’s Skin
As your baby grows, massage can help ease transitions. It provides emotional and physical benefits plus you can monitor the health of your baby’s skin by checking the entire surface by checking for any dryness or chafing.
Massage has been shown to reduce the circulation of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood stream, it stimulates endorphins which can lift your baby’s mood and it helps to develop a close and trusting relationship with you.
Dressing Your Newborn In The Correct Attire
You can keep your baby’s skin protected by dressing her in loose-fitting clothing to prevent chafing. As your baby grows, the skin will adapt and grow with her.
Changing Nappies Frequently
A newborn will poo several times a day and urinate every one to three hours. It is important to check baby’s nappy regularly to prevent uncomfortable nappy rash.
Washing Newborn Baby Clothes
It is important to use a laundry detergent that is “free and clear” and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or irritants.
Washing baby clothes before they’re worn is an absolute necessity.
Avoid using fabric softener, as it can reduce the effectiveness of the flame retardancy on baby pyjamas and can irritate your baby’s skin.
Washing your infant’s clothes with the rest of the family’s shouldn’t be a problem as long as you use a laundry detergent that is suitable for baby’s clothes. A liquid detergent may be preferable. If you’re concerned that regular detergent may be too harsh, first wash one or two baby items in the detergent.
Water temperature: You can wash in cold or lukewarm water with the temperature around 35-40◦C, if there are no special instructions.
- Baby’s undergarments and cloth diapers must be washed in warm water to remove foul odor and infection.
- Regular clothes can be washed in cold or room temperature water.
With newborn skin care, the adage is “less is more.”
When taking care of a newborn’s skin, there are only a few factors that need to be taken into consideration:
- Using natural and gentle cleaning products that are free from chemicals, parabens & fragrances that can irritate new-born skin.
- Keeping baby warm, dry and clean.
- Ensuring regular nappy changes to prevent chafing and rashes.
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