When you have a new baby, all your focus goes into establishing a daily routine. Because of your growing list of concerns, somewhere along the way, you might forget that taking care of your baby’s skin should also be a top priority.
Many new parents make the mistake of assuming that their baby’s skin is hydrated enough because it’s so soft. But without proper skincare, babies are susceptible to a myriad of different skin problems like itchiness, chafing, and eczema—all of which are caused by dryness.
Unlike adult skin, baby skin loses moisture faster because the dermis is still developing and is generally more permeable to moisture. Baby skin is also thinner, which makes it more sensitive, often reacting to the slightest environmental stressor.
That’s why experts recommend moisturising baby skin every single day. If your baby’s skin is extra dry, moisturise twice a day—especially after diaper changes. Try a baby lotion like Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion, it contains shea butter which moisturises and protects your baby’s delicate skin. Don’t just target the dry spots; make sure you cover as much surface area as you can because babies tend to move around.
Moisturise your baby’s skin through a regular massage session. Infant massage, which incorporates physical touch, eye contact, and vocal communication, has been proven to strengthen the emotional bond between parent and child. Ahead are a few simple steps to a soothing massage time:
· Start by applying baby lotion to your baby’s palm.
· Massage the lotion on your baby’s palms in a circular motion.
· Repeat the same movement to the back of your baby’s hands, and then slowly move up.
· Gently tug on each of your baby’s fingers, and then move on to the legs.
· Spend the rest of the time rubbing the rest of your baby’s body.
Watch your baby closely to see how he or she responds to your touch. If the baby seems restless or agitated, stop and try again at another time.
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