Smooth As A Baby's Bottom
How To Keep Your Baby's Skin Healthy
Have you heard of Baby Bottom Butter? Formulated to protect and moisturize babies’ bottoms, this cream has ironically become a best-selling anti-aging cream of an English supermarket chain. Its anti-aging benefits were discovered when a parent happened to put it on her face and found great results. Due to babies’ thinner skin and lower skin hydration and oil content, baby products need to be richer in texture and lower in chemicals. With needs similar to those interested in anti-aging, it is unsurprising that this cream has become so popular.
Baby skin is not yet fully developed. Their oil glands are not fully active yet, so the skin tends to dehydrate quicker and is more susceptible to infections, allergies, and conditions like eczema, diaper rash, and sunburn.
Eczema is one of the most common skin concerns. Its main cause is dryness and dehydration. It can appear as a red, bumpy rash or as dry, flaky, itchy skin. The symptoms can worsen in winter due to cold weather and dehydrating indoor heating. The best remedy is to keep the baby’s skin moist with a good, natural moisturizer.
Another common skin issue is diaper rash. The rash could be an indication that the diaper needs to be changed more often. To soothe the rash, use a rich diaper cream with Zinc.
If the baby’s sebaceous glands are hyperactive, the baby can exhibit acne due to the mother’s lingering hormones circulating through her body. The best remedy is to use a lighter moisturizer and no oil in this area until it subsides.
Seborrhea due to the mother’s hormones can also cause a waxy, scaly skin condition known as cradle cap which usually occurs within the first two years of life. Mild cases can be remedied with a gentle natural shampoo and a massage with coconut oil. It is important not to scrape off the scales too soon.
Prickly heat can cause baby’s skin to have tiny red bumps that erupt when underdeveloped sweat glands become blocked. Prickly heat occurs mostly in warm weather and during the first three months of life. Keep your baby as cool and dry as possible. Don't apply powder to the affected area; it could trap sweat and worsen the condition.
To prevent undue stress to you and your baby, here are some practical, natural tips:
Wash all new clothes to reduce chemical exposure
Protect the baby’s skin from the sun with natural sunblock, hat, and shade
Do not leave the baby to play in the bath for more than 5 minutes
Moisturize the baby’s skin with a natural moisturizer after each bath
Massage the baby with a natural, unscented oil like jojoba oil in winter and coconut oil in summer
Do not use baby powder regularly