In today’s post, I’m going to share with you how to care for your baby and child’s delicate skin.
- You don’t need to bathe her every day. Every other day is the perfect spacing (barring the massive blowout- you know what I’m talking about!)
- Make sure the water isn’t too warm. Just as in my Caring for Winter Skin post, water that is too hot can dry out the skin very quickly!
- Start by washing the head with a gentle baby shampoo and wash the diaper area last. Make sure to concentrate on little crevices such as under the chin where milk and formula can accumulate and irritate the skin.
- Wrap her in a towel and apply a body lotion or moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing while the skin is still damp (My favorite is Mustela Hydra Bébé) and dress her immediately to seal in moisture.
- Only use wipes on the bum for poop! If diaper rash or irritation occurs, do one application of A & D Original ointment and a second layer of Desitin. This works like magic!
- Use a separate lotion for the face- facial skin is different from body skin! My favorite is the Hydra Bébé Facial Cream
- Avoid using any kind of talcum powder. Whether or not it is carcinogenic to the reproductive organs is still currently being studied, as well as breathing problems reported in infants with frequent use.
If your baby has eczema
- Have a great dermatologist in your corner of healthcare practitioners for your child- he or she will have invaluable advice and tips for you to prevent discomfort and hospitalization
- From my experience shadowing a Dermatologist, most children under the age of 3 who are hospitalized for their eczema are due to uncontrolled scratching which causes the abrasions to become infected. Keeping the area covered with Aquaphor as well as clothing can prevent excoriation and a resultant infection of the skin- in infants, wearing mitts is often advised to help prevent them from scratching themselves.
- Choose gentle products which were designed for skin with eczema for bathing and moisturizing. (Mustela has a great line of products for sensitive and eczema-prone skin!)
For your older child
- The same guidelines apply as above for frequency, water temperature and lotion application
- I advise to wash the hair first and tie it up if it is long in order to wash the rest of the body.
- Just as in “caring for winter skin” I only use a body wash on private parts, feet and armpits. (Unless your child has visible dirt or paint on him/her from playing outside or from arts and crafts projects!)
- If she develops any skin irritation, Cera Ve is a miracle! Apply a thin layer twice a day and watch facial skin irritated from a runny nose or windburn disappear!