HOW TO REMEDY DRY SKIN IN BABIES
I know you mama.
You've landed on this page because you want to ease the discomfort of your little one.
Before we go any further...take a deep breath!
With babies skin being less than half the thickness of your own, your baby is in good company!
Efficient moisture loss through the skin is great to prevent overheating, but it can make it a bit tougher to retain moisture. You might have seen this effect heightened especially along side inflammatory conditions like eczema.
It is always important to speak to a paediatrician to assess skin conditions.
While you wait, incorporate these steps to ease discomfort now!
Whichever type you decide to use, make it fragrance and colourant-free. Fragrances and colours (even natural ones!) can be irritating.
Assess the SOAP
Consider switching to a natural non-surfactant based soap. Most soaps on the market (including baby products) are detergent based.
Make it lukewarm
High temperature baths aggravate irritated skin, so keep it cool. This simple action also keeps the pores constricted reducing moisture loss.
SOOTHING additions to bath water:
- Oat flour (colloidal oatmeal)
- Epsom salts
- Sea salt
- Butter bath
After removing your child from the bath, pat the skin dry. Don't be afraid to leave a little moisture behind.
Apply a natural cream and body butter to the skin directly after bathing. This is a crucial protective step. Emollients within both the cream and butter nourish and support healing of the skin barrier.
Dress the baby in light loose fitting clothing to prevent over-heating.
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