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Your bundle of joy has arrived home. Amidst the celebrations, pampering and cuddling, you are trying your best to sink in to the feeling and enjoy parenthood, the softestand delicate feeling in the world, just like your new born baby’sskin. Yes, the skin of new born baby is very soft and delicate.It is very sensitive, even to your touch. Your touch on your newborn's skin has a soothing, nurturing effect and is critical to your baby's development.
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. With newborn skin care, the adage “less is more" seems perfect.
As days pass by, your newborn’s skin is which exposed to external environment may be susceptible to develop a number of common rashes that are harmless, most of the times and usually go away without treatment. However, in case of persistent rashes, it is advisable to seek expert medical help.
Here are 3 important tips to help protect your baby from developing allergies and rashes:
Diaper rash: The skin of the newborn is susceptible and sensitive to trauma and infection and requires special care. For most parents, diaper-changing routine is a night mare. Added to that is the diaper rashes which appear on your baby’s skin.
Stick to these simple tips and everything will go smoothly.Change your child's diaper frequently, wiping gently but thoroughly each time with baby wipes. Dab diaper cream or put warm water from a squirt bottle on Baby's bottom; gently pat dry. Wait a few moments to air-dry so moisture doesn't lead to an irritating diaper rash.Make sure to purchase fragrance-free baby diapers in a size that doesn't fit too snugly and cause chafing.
All soaps, cleansers, powder should be used with proper indications and cautious judgement. Coconut oil is easily available and economical emollient that can be applied to neonatal skin. However, emollients should be applied sparingly in warm weather.
Bath Basics: Bathing the new born baby is an ideal way of cleansing the newborn. The first bath is usually given 2-6 hours after birth in a healthy term baby weighting more than 2500 g and it helps to remove blood and vernix and also to decreaseexposure to maternal blood and thus to HIV andhepatitis B viruses. The initial bath in full terminfants can be given once the baby’s temperature hasstabilized and the baby is hemodynamically stable.
As the baby grows up, gentle cleansing is required, providing adequate moisturization and preventing maceration in body folds. Babies need two to three baths a week in warm water to stay clean. The first step to a great baby bath is to find the perfect temperature and then fill the bathtub with no more than 2-3 inches of water. To prevent Baby from getting cold while you bathe him, regularly pour cupful of water over his little shoulders.
To lift Baby out of the tub, place one hand on his neck to support his head and the other supporting his bottom, with your fingers around one thigh. Wrap him in a hooded towel. Once dry, apply baby lotion immediately to seal in moisture and prevent dry skin.
Soaps and cleansers are best avoided in the first few weeks, after birth.Newborn skin is more sensitive to cleansers.It is best to use organic and natural body cleansers for babies.
Moisturizers for the newborn: An emollient in as agent that softens and smoothensthe skin. They are also referred to as “moisturizers”and “lubricants”. They are essentially composed oflipids which may be animal or vegetable derived, orobtained from mineral oils or alternatively, may besynthetic in origin. Emollients can be of thedifferent kinds like fatty substances, natural wax based like Bees wax, hydrocarbons like Vaseline or mineral oil, vegetable oils such as coconutoil, palm kernel oil, ground nut oil, olive oil,mustard oil, and synthetic oil. Organic coconut oil is the best massage oil for babies as it makes their skin retain the essential moisture content, without causing any harm to the skin.
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