Tips for Baby Skin Care and Moisturisation
When you have a new baby, all your focus goes into establishing a daily routine. Because of your growing list of concerns, somewhere along the way, you might forget that skin care for baby should also be a top priority.
A Common Misconception About Baby Skin
Many new parents make the mistake of assuming that their baby’s skin is hydrated enough because it’s so soft. But without proper skin care, babies are susceptible to a myriad of different problems like itchiness, chafing, eczema, and red rashes on baby skin—all of which are caused by dryness. (1)
Unlike adult skin, baby skin loses moisture faster because the epidermis (top skin layer) isn’t as attached to the dermis (layer below). Baby skin is also thinner, which makes it more sensitive, often reacting to the slightest environmental stressor. (2)
That’s why experts recommend moisturising baby skin every single day If your baby’s skin is extra dry, moisturise twice a day—especially after diaper change. Try a baby lotion like Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion. Don’t just target the dry spots; make sure you cover as much surface area as you can because babies tend to move around. (3)
Tips for Baby Skin Care: Make Moisturising a Part of the Routine
Moisturise your baby’s skin through a regular massage session. Infant massage, which incorporates physical touch, eye contact, and vocal communication, has been proven to strengthen the emotional bond between parent and child. (4) Ahead are a few simple steps to a soothing massage time:
• Start by applying baby massage oil to your baby’s palm.
• Massage the oil into your baby’s palms in a circular motion.
• Repeat the same movement to the back of your baby’s hands, and then slowly move up.
• Gently tug on each of your baby’s fingers, and then move on to the legs.
• Spend the rest of the time rubbing the rest of your baby’s body.
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1. Stamatas GN, et al. Int J Cosmet Sci 2011; 33:17–24
2. Telofski LS, et al. Dermatol Res Pract 2012;2012:198789; Walters RM, et al. Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2016; 29:111–118