Your baby’s skin is different from adult skin — it needs extra care and protection. Baby’s skin is very delicate and sensitive so it is required for you to provide extra protection and care. Compared to adult’s skin, baby’s skin:
- is about 20-30% thinner
- has a tendency for dryness
- has a higher chance of getting allergies and irritations
- absorbs more moisture, but loses it faster
It's best to use skin-care products made especially for babies, which are fragrance-free, alcohol-free, and paraben-free.
Eczema is a very common, itchy skin disorder in children. It is a condition that causes the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed.
- Children who develop Eczema may do so because of a combination of genes and environmental triggers.
- Children born into families that have a history of allergic diseases, such as asthma or hay fever, are at an increased risk for Eczema.
- Due to a defective skin barrier.
- Because of heat and sweating
- Parents who have allergies or asthma are at the highest risk for Eczema
- For the first 6 months, Eczema usually appears on the face, cheeks, chin, forehead and scalp. It can also spread to other areas of the body, but not usually in the diaper area, where moisture protects the skin.
- Children younger than 5 years, usually develop itchy, dry, red skin and small bumps on their cheeks, forehead, or scalp.
- Skin is extremely itchy and dry.
- Eczema causes the skin to get extremely dry and sensitive which may cause your baby to be in an irritable mood, attempting to scratch the affected area frequently.
- Avoid giving hot baths, it tends to dry the skin.
- While bathing your child, use warm water with mild baby soap or soap free cleansers.
- Use fragrance free, alcohol free products for your baby.
- Excessive scrubbing and towelling after bathing is harsh for your baby’s skin. Instead, gently pat your child's skin with a clean towel.
- Wool or coarsely woven dresses could be unfriendly for your baby’s skin. Dress your child in cotton and breathable clothes
- Consult your doctor if you can use oatmeal soaking products in the bath to control the itching.
- Apply moisturizers or lotions, two to three times a day. Avoid alcohol-containing lotions and moisturizers, which can make the skin dry.
- Keep your child's nails short to minimize any skin damage caused by scratching.
- Have your child drink plenty of water, which adds moisture to the skin.