How to take care of your baby's sensitive skin? | Parenting

How to take care of your baby’s sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin is fairly common among newborns. If your baby has sensitive skin, it is not something to be too alarmed about. After all, a baby’s skin barrier is thinner and more susceptible to irritants as compared to that of mature skin. Due to its delicate nature, it is much easier for a baby’s skin to lose water, and thus experience dryness or other skin conditions. In this article, we explore some of the ways to care for your baby’s sensitive skin.

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What are the types of skin conditions a newborn may experience?  

Babies can develop common skin conditions such as contact dermatitis, eczema, diaper rash or cradle cap during their first few months of life. Fortunately, most of these skin conditions in babies are harmless and do not last till adulthood. In the interim, taking proper care of your baby’s skin can prevent the further development of skin problems in the long-term.

How to care for a newborn’s sensitive skin?

To start you off, here are a few generic bathing and skincare tips for your newborn:

1. Going easy on baths

Contrary to popular belief, babies do not need a bath every day. Most babies may only need to be bathed every other day or two or three times a week. The duration of each bath should be kept at around 10 minutes or less. Bathing more than the recommended duration can easily dry out your baby’s skin. When your newborn is only a few weeks old and the stump of their umbilical cords have yet to fall off, sponge baths are usually preferred instead.

2. Moisturising baby skin

Remember to keep your baby’s skin moisturised, as it tends to lose water fast. Moisturising once or twice a day should be more than enough for your baby, and it is good to do it immediately after a bath to retain moisture. Depending on how dry your baby’s skin is, it might be worth looking into a cream or ointment rather than a lotion. Spread the cream or ointment on while your baby is still wet, and then pat dry gently.

3. Choosing safe skincare products

From face creams to baby wipes, you might notice that baby skin products are often sweet-smelling and have attractive external packaging. But don’t be swayed by the fragrance and smiling babies on those packaging. When it comes to choosing the right skincare products for your newborn baby, it is crucial to buy tried and tested products. Additionally, here are a few key considerations to look out for when shopping for your baby’s skincare products:

  • Look for products designed for babies
    As a general rule of thumb, choose products that are specifically designed for babies as they tend to be safer for most infants. These products are gentler and protect the natural balance of your little one’s skin, protecting it against irritation or dryness.
  • Read labels carefully
    Look out for products with all-natural organic ingredients! Baby skincare products containing fragrances, and dyes can irritate a baby’s skin. It is a good practice to research unfamiliar ingredients before purchasing to ensure that the product is safe for infants and young children. If your baby’s skin is extra sensitive, it might also be ideal to look for products stamped with approval for sensitive skin, dry skin or eczema.
  • Use hypoallergenic products
    Products marked “hypoallergenic” are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction as they are made especially for the delicate skin of babies. The products are formulated to contain the least possible number of allergy-producing substances such that it is gentle even on the most sensitive skin.

How useful are baby wipes?

Over the years, parents are moving away from products containing chemicals to those made with natural ingredients. As a result, parents are increasingly considering baby wipes due to their easy and hygienic use. In fact, when it comes to baby skincare, a common discussion topic among first-time parents is the usefulness of baby wipes. Baby wipes can come in handy in various ways. From cleaning up your baby’s face and hands after meals to changing your baby’s diapers, disposable wet wipes have become a significant part of the daily lives of many parents.

how to care sensitive skin

Despite the many useful benefits, commercially bought disposable wipes can have harsh soaps in them that dry out and irritate the skin. It is not uncommon for babies to break out into rashes when exposed to chemicals found in certain commercially branded wipes. Well, if this happens, fret not.

What to look out for in baby wipes?

You can always opt for hypoallergenic and unscented baby wipes with a gentler formula, specifically made for babies with extra sensitive skin. These wipes are generally safe to use on your baby’s skin unless your child has a particular sensitivity or severe skin condition. Our Button Nose Baby Wet Wipes, for instance, is a safer alternative to commercial wipes.

Our Button Nose Baby Wet Wipes are manufactured especially for the delicate skin of a baby and have been tested safe by Korea Testing & Research Institute for newborn skin. Here are a few key features that make them a great alternative to commercial wet wipes:

  1. Made up of all-natural organic ingredients and fragrance-free!
    All ingredients used are approved by cosmetic law. Natural ingredients include olive oil, organic calendula, aloe vera, and 99.9% ultra-purified water.
  2. Designed thick and strong to clean up the mess in just one or two wipes, which reduces the chances of irritations.
  3. Conveniently packaged with caps to prevent wipes from drying up.

If you are looking for a skin-friendly and safer alternative for your baby’s skin, you can shop for Our Button’s Nose baby wipes.

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