New­born skin­care 101

A guide to some of the com­mon con­di­tions that can af­fect bub’s del­i­cate skin

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents -

Prod­ucts to soothe baby’s skin

As a new­born’s skin adapts from the womb to the out­side world, it may not be as smooth and silky as you’d ex­pect. Af­ter de­liv­ery, a baby’s skin can ap­pear swollen, wrin­kled or cov­ered in vernix, a nat­u­ral pro­tec­tive bar­rier that pre­vents dry skin and may have an an­tibac­te­rial ef­fect. While your baby’s skin is still de­vel­op­ing it can be sus­cep­ti­ble to ir­ri­ta­tion. It’s very com­mon for new­born skin to be­come prone to rashes and ir­ri­ta­tions such as eczema, neona­tal acne, nappy rash, cra­dle cap or heat rashes. For­tu­nately, most of these con­di­tions are rel­a­tively harm­less and will re­solve on their own af­ter a short while. While your baby is very young, the key is to keep prod­ucts to a min­i­mum and to not cleanse your baby’s del­i­cate skin too often – a luke­warm bath two or three times a week is enough to keep him clean. Read on for a guide to some of the most com­mon skin changes your baby may ex­pe­ri­ence in the first few weeks of life – and how to spot them and treat them, where needed.

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