Newborn baby skincare is a delicate matter. In the early months, as your baby's immune system develops, you will want to use the mildest baby washes and moisturisers. But when dry skin, eczema, and nappy rash appear, it's time to treat those problems.
It’s important to remember that if your baby develops a rash or any other skin issue to visit your G.P. for a diagnosis and treatment regime.
Tips for managing your baby's skin
1. Keep it natural
Your newborn needs preservative-free, fragrance-free baby skincare products. Every CarePlus store has an instore Baby Advisor to ensure you get the right products for your baby’s needs.
2. Use baby soaps sparingly
When it comes to baby soaps, washes/cleansers, and shampoos; cleansers and washes are mild and safe for newborns but use baby soaps sparingly as they can be drying on newborn skin.
Baby moisturisers help nourish newborn skin but should be used sparingly on tiny newborns.
4. Use nappy rash ointment
This provides baby's skin with a barrier to moisture -- protecting newborn skin so wet diapers do not cause irritation to the skin.
5. Family history
If there is a family history of eczema, hay fever or asthma (atopy), normal soaps, bubble baths or moisturisers should not be used. They may trigger eczema in children with a family history of atopy. Elave have a full range of baby shampoos, washes and moisturisers that are suitable to use from birth and onwards.
6. Protect baby’s skin
Petroleum jelly can act as a protective barrier against wet nappies.
This article is brought to you by Dermatology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Selene Daly
For more information please call into your local CarePlus Pharmacy to talk with your Pharmacist or specialist Baby Advisor