It’s common for new born babies to have dry skin all over their body as they are just out of their mothers womb. Their skin is overly sensitive compared to an adults skin and they take time to adjust to the new environment.
In some cases, during infancy, the skin may peel due to temporary natural causes. Other times it may be due to dehydration, varied irritants or environmental factors. In most cases it could be a minor issue which could be dealt with proper care and nourishment. But if it aggravates, medical attention from a paediatric is recommended.
So how do we prevent dry skin in babies?
- Use Lukewarm water for bath and cleaning: Hot water steals the moisture off your baby’s skin, leaving it dry and itchy. It’s always advised to check the temperature of the water and make sure its lukewarm.
- Refrain from cosmetic allure: What looks appealing to the eyes may not be in reality. There are hoards of products available in the market for baby care, but you need to make the right choice. Go for natural, fragrance free and mild products without any chemicals to retain the softness of the baby’s skin.
- Keep the baby hydrated: The best way to keep the infant hydrated is through mother’s milk. But in case you have started liquids for your baby, make sure you give it to the little one from time to time. A well hydrated baby means supple and good skin.
- Avoid over wrapping the baby: As a parent, we sometimes go over board and wrap the baby or dress them in multiple layers to keep it warm. This could hamper the soft and sensitive skin of the baby leaving rashes and redness. Also over layering and using rough material for their clothing could dampen their skin condition.
- Moisturise: The best way to keep a baby’s skin supple and hydrated is to moisturise it regularly. Choose a product which you think would be the best for your baby. Avoid changing products again and again and stick to a brand if it goes well with the baby’s skin.
A new born baby or a toddler, the child’s skin is very fragile and can be prone to infection and rashes. But if the dryness persists over a few weeks, do consult your doctor for a proper solution.
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