Caring for your newborn includes proper baby skin care. Your newborn’s immune system will develop in the next months, requiring the use of the mildest cleansers and the tiniest amounts of lotion. Ask your pediatrician about the right time to start bathing your baby; when it comes to choosing baby care products, make sure to be meticulous and to pick mild products suited for a newborn.
Read labels cautiously before buying anything; avoid products containing fragrances, dyes, and chemicals, as these can irritate your baby’s skin and affect their breathing. The safest products for infants are natural baby skin care products. However, if you have asthma or allergies in your family, be careful about buying herbal products, as your newborn may be sensitive to certain herbs and botanicals. Also, don’t assume that every product with the “hypoallergenic” label is safe. The term indicates that there’s a lesser chance for the product to cause an allergic reaction. It doesn’t guarantee that your baby won’t experience any allergic reaction. Hypoallergenic products are not necessarily more gentle than other skin care products. Additionally, choose products that are free of phthalate and parabens, which are potentially dangerous chemicals for babies.
Some of the essential baby products you need to provide for your newborn include baby soaps, shampoos, and cleansers. Use baby soaps less often, as they can dry your baby’s skin. In contrast, washes and cleansers are milder and safer for newborns. You should also get baby lotion, petroleum jelly, diaper rash ointment, baby oil, baby laundry detergent, and eczema cortisone creams. Lotion moisturizes the skin, but be sure to use it sparingly on small newborns. Petroleum jelly is effective for treating diaper rash, as it protects your baby’s skin from moist diapers. You can also use diaper rash ointment to moisturize and protect your baby’s skin from irritating wet diapers.
Massage your baby’s skin with baby oil. If you notice any redness or inflammation, contact your pediatrician and ask for a prescription cream. Eczema cortisone creams are commonly recommended, although they shouldn’t be used for more than one week. When buying laundry detergent, find dye-free and perfume-free detergents, as regular detergents are too harsh for baby skin.
These are some of the baby skin care products your newborn needs to have a healthy skin. It’s best to talk to your pediatrician for recommended products, and to find out about do’s and don’ts when it comes to shopping for baby skin care products.