October 30, 2015
TAKING CARE OF YOUR BABY'S BODY! (SKIN)
Babies and children can get dry skin just like adults do. In fact, because young skin is more delicate, it's more susceptible to becoming dry. To keep your baby's skin supple, limit bath time to about ten minutes. Soap up sparingly with a gentle baby wash. Once you take your baby out of the bath, quickly and lightly dry him or her with a towel, then – if your baby needs it – apply baby moisturizer immediately. Applying the moisturizer within minutes of taking your baby out of the tub will seal in the water that's still in the skin. As far as moisturizers go, the general rule is the thicker the better. If your baby's skin is still dry even with daily moisturizing, try switching from a lotion to a thicker cream or ointment. You might also want to consider moisturizing twice a day – once after bathing and once during the day. Make sure your baby wears mittens in cold weather to keep his or her hands from becoming dry and chapped from the cold and the wind. During dry season, take steps to protect him or her from sunburn. If your baby has itchy red patches on his or her skin, it could be due to eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Sometimes even eczema will clear up with regular moisturizing, though, so you needn't rush to the doctor unless the patches don't get better or your baby seems itchy or uncomfortable. In rare cases, dry skin can indicate a genetic condition called ichthyosis. Ichthyosis shows up as dry skin with scaling and, occasionally, redness. It's also generally accompanied by a thickening of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. If your doctor suspects that your baby has ichthyosis, he or she will probably refer you to a dermatologist for treatment. If your baby has baby acne, don't worry – this is common and may be the result of hormones babies receive at the end of pregnancy. Baby acne usually clears up within a few weeks, but it can linger for months. If it doesn't clear up within three months or you're concerned about it, talk with your baby's doctor. In the meantime, don't put creams or oils on your baby's skin, because these can make the acne worse. Don't use over-the-counter acne medicines. And don't scrub. Baby acne isn't caused by dirt. In fact, too much washing can further irritate your baby's skin, so don't overdo the cleansing. Simply wash your baby's face with mild baby soap and water once a day. Gently pat it dry.Keep your baby clean and of cos kamsified!