Newborn skincare 101
A guide to some of the common conditions that can affect bub’s delicate skin
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.