WHAT TO USE ON BABY
To wash your baby, go as delicate as possible. “Of course, products made specifically for babies are great. Mineral oil or jelly (a petroleum byproduct), such as commercially sold baby oil or petroleum jelly, is a good skin barrier. It is even used to treat atopic dermatitis, and it is non irritating, an emmolient (softener), and does not block pores. It is chemically inert – so its unlikely to cause skin reactions – and it’s more stable than most plant oils. Creams that are occlusive, containing ceramides or aquaporings, are excellent. Even barrier creams containing zinc can be very effective,” says dermatologist Dr Rakesh Newaj.
Lastly, do not keep baby in the bath for very long periods of time: “This causes the natural moisturising factors to dissolve and the skin becomes drier,” says Dr Newaj. “Moisturise soon after a bath, as this seals in the humidity and keeps the skin moisturised for longer. Also, do not bath your baby too often (like, several times a day) as this causes loss in the natural moisturising factors.”
“Eczema often develops within the first year of life and can be easily treated if identified,” notes Dr Newaj. “But do not start by restricting foods if you notice a skin rash. The best is to consult a skin specialist, because it is rare that foods are the causes of skin rashes.”
As your baby gets older and more robust, you can let down your guard a little. Still maintain a good cleaning regime, “with no overzealous cleaning and no drying with harsh towels,” says Dr Newaj.
This wash and shampoo is soap free to ensure that baby’s eyes don’t burn. Good Nights Head to Toe Wash (R64,99 for 500ml) and Special Baby Shampoo (R64,99 for 500ml) from all big retailers and baby stores.
Try Purity & Elizabeth Anne’s Everyday Bum Cream enriched with zinc oxide (R39,95 for 100ml and R32,95 for 50ml) to prevent nappy rash. Get it at Dis-chem, baby stores and pharmacies.