Step 6 Baby Skin Care Routine Skin Problems

skin problemsHi everyone,

 

Sorry I’ve been on a hiatus for awhile with my work in film, but I am back now with my latest instalment of your baby’s skin care routine, skin problems.

 

 

ALLERGIES

 

Very few skin rashes are a true allergic reaction, but simply caused by an irritation like heat or chaffing. The main cause of skin irritations are from strong soaps and harsh detergents. This is why it is so important to only use mild baby specific products when looking after their skin and also when washing their clothes and linen. Always ensure that all garments and linen are properly rinsed too. These gentle products are specially designed not to irritate your baby’s skin or cause sensitivity reactions.

 

True allergies, although very rare, as it takes repeated exposure to an allergen before developing can be caused by the following:

 

Genetics – a family history of allergies will make your baby more susceptible to developing an allergy.

 

Environment – exposure to the elements (fungal spores, pollen and dust mites) can cause a reaction.

 

Bodily functions – dietary allergies, bacterial, viral and fungal infections and even medication.

 

 

SKIN RASHES

 

Most rashes clear up on the own or with a little care on your part and are nothing to worry about. However, when a fever, listlessness or loss of appetite accompanies a rash, you should consult your doctor.

 

Identifying rashes:

 

Heat rash – Small pink or clear blisters all over the body. Make sure your baby’s clothing is light and loose fitting and use baby talk powder after cleansing.

 

Milia – White spots on the nose area. It is common and caused by blocked sweat glands, will clear up in a few weeks.

 

Cradle cap – Crusty patches on the scalp. Caused by an overactive sebum gland. Gently rub baby oil onto baby’s scalp and leave overnight to help loosen. Carefully brush out with a fine toothed comb. To help prevent cradle cap always make sure you use a proper baby shampoo and ensure you rinse thoroughly.

 

Nappy rash – Red blistered skin around the nappy area. Make sure you take great care for the nappy area as explained in previous skin care routines. Avoid airtight plastic pants and remove the nappy for awhile and let them be “free” and allow some air flow. Use a nappy rash cream to protect your baby’s skin. If no improvement after a few days consult a professional

 

Milk rash – White pimples on forehead, cheeks and chin. Very common occurrence with breast fed babies. Similar to adult acne and is affected by hormonal changes. Will disappear on its own.

 

 

For those of us in the Cape keep warm and safe this weekend, seems spring here has yet to begin.

 

 

Take care of you and your baby

 

 

~Gilli~

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Cleansing

cleanisingWelcome back to Loving Your Baby, we now focus on the first step in baby’s skin care routine.

1. Cleansing:

It’s important to establish a regular bath routine at the same time everyday. Make sure it’s an uninterrupted relaxing time for you both. Turn off your phone, relax and just enjoy each others company. Talking or singing to your baby will reassure her that he/she is safe.

Avoid bathing your baby when they are hungry or too soon after a feed.

Babies lose heat very quickly, so make sure the room is draft free and cozy. You should only use a heater if it is thermostatically controlled.

Never leave your baby unattended.

In addition to regular bathing remember to clean your baby’s mouth, cheeks, chin and folds of the neck after every feed. Traces of milk or saliva may irritate the skin.

Face:
Before cleansing the body, gently clean their eyes with damp cotton wool, wiping from the inside corner out.
Make sure you use a clean area of the cotton wool for each wipe.
Use another piece of dam cotton wool to wipe her face, when they are a little older you can progress to a soft facecloth.

Hair:
Check the temperature of the water with the inside of your wrist. Wrap your baby in a towel and hold her securely.
Use a small amount of mild baby soap and massage it into the scalp. Rinse the hair thoroughly and gently pat it dry with a soft towel, do not rub!
Never leave your baby’s hair wet as it will lead to rapid loss of body heat.

Body:
Clean her bottom with either baby wipes or cotton wool and warm water. Use baby oil to help remove stubborn dirt.
Gently massage baby cleanser all over her body. Holding baby securely wash her body off thoroughly. Then let her enjoy the warm water for awhile. Baby oil added to the bath water will help moisturise your baby’s skin and acts as a lubricant to prevent chaffing.
Lift baby out of the water, working quickly use a soft towel and pat baby dry. Pay specific attention to the folds in your baby’s skin.

Umbilical cord:
Carefully clean the cord with a cotton bud and some surgical spirits.

Hope these tips help and see you next week for the next step moisturising.

Take care of you and your baby
Gill