You must have often heard of the benefits of skin to skin contact with the baby. One of the reasons I love to hug my baby is because it feels so snug, supple and soft. I often glare at my baby’s soft and tender skin and my lips unconsciously curve into a broad smile. But as a mother, caressing and pampering this delicate creation of God is a responsibility. Since the baby’s skin is so soft and delicate it requires that little extra love, care, attention and pampering.
My baby was born three week preterm. His skin was soft yet so delicate. It would turn red with a subtle touch. I would handle my baby with utmost care, so I don’t harm his soft and delicate skin. I was advised by my pediatrician to not allow any visitors to touch my baby. Since a baby’s skin is so delicate, it is also prone to several infections and skin disorders.
A few common skin disorders that babies are prone to are
Baby Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis – It is an inflamed, itchy rash that causes excessive dryness of the skin.
Cradle cap – Cradle cap is a form of dandruff that occurs in babies. My baby suffered this kind of dandruff at around three months of age.
Prickly heat – Baby’s sensitive skin is prone to red bump like rashes during the warm weather.
Diaper rash – Rash on baby’s skin that rubs against the diaper is a very common skin problem in babies.
Prevention is always better than cure, especially so when it is about your baby. Hence, I suggest every mom must take care of her baby’s skin to avoid any skin ailments or discomfort for the baby.
But guess what, as a few years passed by I stopped using a baby cream to nourish his skin and noticed extremely dry, red patches on his cheeks. We had to attend a family gathering this weekend and as I got him dressed in his new sherwani, he kept crying. I assumed it was a regular toddler tantrum, but he started to cry louder, he pointed to his cheeks and said “Mama it’s burning”. I touched his face and his facial skin had completely dried out. I felt guilty for not protecting his skin from the winter winds.
I immediately took the tube of Aveeno Baby cream out and generously massaged it into his face and body. It took a couple of day for the redness to settle and the skin to restore it’s moisture back.
Your baby’s skin is extra-sensitive, so proper care is essential.
Babies’ skin is thinner and more prone to irritation, but it’s very resilient.
Whether an infant or a toddler their skin needs protection this season.
Here are some precautions I am taking to ensure my baby has happy and healthy skin all through the winters :
#1 Bathe when necessary
Barhing for too long will not only lead to a cold but will also rip the moisture off baby’s skin. But a toddler tends to get messy and would need a wash atleast a couple of times a day. Try and keep the wash quick and avoid soap.
#2 Prevent Diaper Rash
Most rashes happen when a Baby is in a soiled diaper for too long. Change diapers often, and use a diaper rash cream atleast once a day.
This is one significant step we must never miss. My mom used her very own favourite Johnson’s Baby cream on my skin until I was in preschool and I continued to use it for myself until college. Taking the trend forward I was using Johnson’s Baby too for my baby. On my friend’s recommendation I bought a pack of Aveeno Baby cream and love it equally.
#4 Avoid the sun
The sun may appear tame and harmless during the winters but is capable of causing serious skin problems.
– Avoid direct sunlight. Use a stroller shade or an umbrella
– Dress your baby in long sleeves and pants in tight weaves. You could hold a T-shirt to the sun to see how much light passes through.
– You could use a wide-brimmed hat that covers your baby’s face and neck.
– Apply sunscreen. If you can’t avoid the sun, some sunscreen is OK even for the youngest babies. Just be careful when you put it around their eyes and mouth. Reapply every 2 hours or when baby gets wet.