Needless to say, natural baby skin care is best for babies since it’s free of preservatives and chemicals. Products for adults may be too harsh for a baby and may contain irritants or allergens.
Skin Care for Baby
Many parents like to use lotions for the sweet baby smell; however, perfumes can be irritating to an infant’s skin and cause allergic reactions. While rashes and bumps are normal, some rashes may be a sign of a problem or infection.
Diaper rash can be irritating to the baby and needs to be treated. If you have concerns about a rash, or your baby is uncomfortable or has a fever, call your pediatrician.
Generally speaking powders should be avoided, but if you do use a powder put the powder in your hand and then apply it to the baby’s skin. Shaking powder into the air releases particles which can make it hard for the baby to breathe.
In between baths, parents should take care to keep baby’s face and bottom very clean. Sponge baths are best at first. Full immersion should wait until the baby’s umbilical cord falls off, and a baby boy’s circumcision heals, to prevent infection.
Do the baby’s laundry separately from the rest of the family’s. Regular laundry detergents may cause irritation to a baby’s delicate skin. Even if you using a detergent specifically for baby laundry, it is a good idea to do an extra rinse cycle to remove any residue.
Diaper rash is caused by prolonged exposure to bacteria and moisture. When you remove a wet diaper, just rinse your baby’s bottom off with a wet washcloth or diaper wipe. After you clean the rear, cleanse the genital area by wiping front to back with a wet cloth. In boys, stool can hide under the scrotum, so rinse carefully there. If you have a girl, carefully clean the creases of the vaginal lips (labia).
DIY Diaper Rash Ointment
- 2 tablespoons of dried chickweed
- 2 tablespoons of dried comfrey
- 2 cups of olive oil
- 1 1/2 ounces beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon benzoin
Wash your baby’s hair once or twice a week with a special baby shampoo that doesn’t sting the eyes. Don’t be concerned about hurting the fontanelle (soft spot on the head). It is well protected.
Lotions, Ointments, and Powder
Newborn skin normally does not require any ointments or creams. Especially avoid putting any adult lotions or creams because this will almost always block the small sweat glands and lead to pimples or a heat rash. Use a lotion specifically for babies.
You can use cornstarch powder preventing rashes in areas of friction, but avoid talcum powder because it can cause pneumonia if inhaled into the lungs.