When you have a new baby, you may be wondering how to take care of that beautiful and fragile skin. Babies have skin that is very thin and sensitive, and it is much different from the skin of adults. No doubt you love the feel of a baby's smooth skin, but you probably don't realize the care that it takes to keep your baby's skin this way. A variety of skin conditions can occur in babies and some skin care products may help, while others may make things worse. Here is a look at some important information and great tips that every new parent can use when it comes to baby skin care.
Common Skin Conditions in Babies
Since babies have skin that is so sensitive, they often develop different skin conditions. You may not know what these conditions are or how to treat them. Here is a look at some of the common skin conditions in babies and some tips on how to deal with these conditions.
- Baby Acne – One common skin condition babies often develop is baby acne. This usually looks like little pink spots on their skin, usually on their face. Because of the hormones from their mother, often the acne occurs but will probably go away without any special care.
- Chafing - Sometimes chafing can occur when there is friction between skin and clothing or where skin rubs together. Avoid tight clothing to prevent this problem and put on cornstarch baby powder to help keep chafing from occurring.
- Heat Rash – You may notice some small pink spots all over the body of your baby. A lot of humidity and heat can cause this. Keep your baby in loose clothing and avoid keeping them in areas that are too warm to help with this problem.
- Eczema – Symptoms of eczema include skin that is scaly, irritated, and red. You need to keep skin clean and dry, and you'll probably want to discuss this with your pediatrician. Babies with eczema usually need to use products that are designed for sensitive skin.
- Cradle Cap - This skin problem includes patches that are very crusty on your baby's scalp. Glands that are overactive can cause this. To treat the problem, apply a bit of baby oil to soften it. Then shampoo the hair and use a comb or baby brush to gently remove the cradle cap.