Looking after sensitive skin
Is your baby's skin, dry, red and sore looking? If you answered yes then he/she may have a flare up on their sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is caused when the skin barrier becomes damaged, allowing the natural moisture in the skin to escape. When the skin becomes dry, it becomes vunerable to irritants which in turn causes the skin to become itchy, tender and inflamed.
A new-born's skin is far more sensitive than our skin and you must take extra special care of your little ones sensitive skin. Some babies' skin are also more sensitive than others, this could be due to genetics or other factors. Though when your baby' skin becomes itchy, irritable and red it becomes stressful for both you and your baby. Here are a few tips that can help your baby's skin stay lovely and soft:
- To keep your baby's skin silky smooth you need to avoid certain detergents and toiletries, reducing the amount of harsh chemicals. Make sure you use non biological detergent when washing yours and your baby's clothes, so no harsh chemicals reach their skin.
- When washing your little one, make sure you stick to natural and organic toiletries, these products will have far less ingredients in than your standard shampoo. Meaning they will have far less harsh chemicals, such as parabens or fragrances contained in them that could damage the skin.
- Don't over wash your baby either, you should be bathing your baby (depending on their age) at the most three times a week and the water shouldn't be much warmer than room temperature. If you over bathe your baby in hot water, it makes their skin far drier. Make sure after every bath your little one is well moisturised, rubbing them in a natural body lotion or oil.
- Another issue that affect his/her skin, especially in winter, is the central heating. Having your heating on too high, naturally dries the moisture out of the skin but for your baby with their sensitive skin it can cause their skin to become irritated very easily.
- The weather also affects your baby's skin more than it does an adult. For this reason make sure he/she is covered up in layers during winter as the cold wind can cause them to have chapped skin. During the hotter months try to make sure they are in the shade as much as possible, so the sun rays don't reach their skin.
- If over time your baby's skin does not start to improve and dry patches start to spread, itch and crack, you should consult your doctor. There is a chance your baby could be allergic to something or need extra care for their skin.
Your baby's skin should become more immunce to harsh chemicals as they grow older but for the first years of their life, take extra care of their sensitive skin.