The term ‘sensitive skin’ is being used very lightly these days. All babies in general have very delicate skin and may take some time to adjust to the environment outside the womb. But if you suspect that your baby has extra sensitive skin, here’s how you can identify and take care of your baby’s sensitive skin.
IDENTIFYING IF BABY HAS SENSITIVE SKIN
As your baby’s skin starts getting used to the new environment they’re in, their skin will also develop a protective layer which will gradually increase as your baby gets older. But if you notice that your child frequently gets rashes, redness or dry skin, then you’ll need to look into the underlying factor that causes his skin sensitivity.
Environmental factors such as the weather, air conditioning and frequent bathing can all dry out the skin, making it more delicate and prone to itchiness.1 Babies with sensitive skin can also be irritated by certain cleansers, lotions, detergents and alcohol-based products.2 So if you notice that your baby’s skin is tight, red or dry due to these factors, then your baby might have sensitive skin.
TAKING CARE OF BABY’S SENSITIVE SKIN
Taking care or treating your baby’s sensitive skin doesn’t have to be difficult. You can easily prevent a rash, redness or dry skin by eliminating triggers and using products that are specifically made for sensitive skin to moisturize and clean your baby.
Here are some ways that you can try to keep your baby’s sensitive skin from irritation and discomfort.
Choose Soft & Breathable Fabric
Look at the type of material your baby is wearing. If there’s contact irritation happening, it may be coming from the kind of clothes your baby is wearing. When choosing your baby’s clothes, look for breathable cotton and natural fibres. These are less likely to cause irritation and allow your baby’s skin to have the air exchange it needs.3
Keep Baby’s Diaper Area Clean & Dry
Baby’s diaper area is one of the most sensitive parts of your baby’s body as it is exposed to a lot of moisture and doesn’t get much air throughout the day. Try to keep your baby’s bottom as a dry as possible, by frequent changing and having some diaper-free time during the day. You can also apply products that prevent irritation and discomfort.
Keep Baby’s Skin Clean
Dirt, dust, and pet dander are also common causes of skin irritation in babies with sensitive skin.4 You can help protect them by keeping the areas where they spend most of their time clean by frequent vacuuming and mopping.
It is also important to keep their skin clean, but using a harsh cleanser with potential irritants might lead to even more problems. For babies with sensitive skin, we recommend using cleansers that is hypoallergenic and pH- balanced. Look for formulations that are free from potential irritants such as colourant, fragrance, parabens, lanolin, animal derived ingredients and mineral oil.
Gentle cleansers like derma365 Baby Gentle Cleanser blended with Colloidal Oatmeal is hypoallergenic and pH-balanced. It also helps to promote the baby skin’s protection barrier from external environment. It moisturises the skin and helps prevent dehydration for soft a and smooth skin.
Keep Baby’s Skin Moisturised
After a nice lukewarm bath, moisturising your baby’s sensitive skin is one of the best ways to keep it soft and smooth. Apply a gentle moisturizer to keep her skin hydrated while creating a barrier between external irritants and your baby’s delicate skin.
A moisturiser such as the derma365 Baby Body Lotion is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and dry skin. Just apply desired amount onto your palm and gentle massage over baby’s skin until fully absorbed to help prevent moisture lost.
derma365 Baby Range is made in Australia. It is clinically tested and paediatrician proven to soothe and help promote skin’s protection barrier. The formulation is both hypoallergenic and pH- balanced. It is also formulation free from colourant, fragrance, parabens, lanolin, animal derived ingredients and mineral oil. It is suitable for all skin types including sensitive and dry skin, and is suitable to be used for newborns as well.
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1 MedicineNet.com (https://www.medicinenet.com/dry_skin/article.htm#what_is_dry_skin)
2 Medical News Today(https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325036.php)
4 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (https://acaai.org/allergies/types/dust-allergy)