How To Keep Your Baby's Skin Healthy And Soft. - Porsha Carr Blog

How To Keep Your Baby's Skin Healthy And Soft.

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Diaper Rash


Diaper rash is one of the most common skin problems in young babies and there are a few different reasons that it might happen. Often, it might just be that the diaper is on too tight and it rubs against them. You want the diaper to stay on while they’re crawling around so you need to make sure that it’s secure, but it’s important that you don’t do it up too tightly. If you’re noticing a lot of diaper rash, try to loosen the diaper a little bit or try out some different brands that fit differently.


Diaper rash can also be caused by certain brands of diapers or baby wipes because they’ve got fragrances that irritate the skin. When they’re young, you should experiment with different brands of diapers and baby wipes to find the ones that are kindest to their skin.

Not changing your baby regularly enough can cause diaper rash as well. If they’re left in a wet diaper for too long, it will rub and irritate the skin. That’s why it’s important that you check them often to make sure that they aren’t sitting in a wet diaper for a long time. You should also try to keep the diaper area open to the air for a while between changes so it can dry out properly.

If your baby does have diaper rash and you’re struggling to get rid of it by changing diapers regularly etc. there are ways that you can treat it. The best thing to do is to gently wash the area with a warm cloth, not too hot, and then put zinc oxide cream on it. This will speed up the healing process and hopefully deal with the rash.

Eczema

Eczema is another common problem in babies and young children. It can affect adults as well but it tends to be more common in children and most people will grow out of it by the time they reach their teenage years. It can be incredibly uncomfortable for your child if they have severe eczema, especially if it begins to crack.

Bathing properly is so important if your child has eczema because it can make the problem a lot worse. Check out a Parent’s Guide For Bathing Your Baby To Avoid Eczema Flare-Ups for more detailed information on exactly how to deal with eczema during bathtime. The most important thing to remember is that hot temperatures will agitate the eczema so you need to keep the temperature down a little. You also need to make sure that you aren’t bathing them for too long.

Eczema is usually triggered by certain things so you need to try to work out what exactly is causing the flare-ups. Bathing in water that is too hot is one, but things like soaps or washing detergent can also irritate the skin and make the eczema worse. It can take a while to work out what is causing it so you just have to keep a close eye on it and experiment with the products that you use. As a general rule, you should try to avoid anything that has a heavy fragrance because they tend to irritate sensitive skin.

In some cases, the eczema can get more serious and cause a lot of discomfort to your child. If you’re really struggling to keep on top of it, you should see the doctor. They will be able to offer you a medicated cream that will help to soothe the symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure for eczema but you will normally find that they grow out of it in a few years or so, you just need to manage the symptoms until that happens.

Dry Peeling Skin

Dry skin is something that affects everybody but babies with delicate skin can be more prone to it. A lot of babies have dry skin if they are born late but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Usually, the problem will go away on its own because the skin underneath is perfectly healthy. However, dry peeling skin can affect all children, especially in the cold weather. One of the most important things to remember when you’re trying to keep your kids health in the winter is that you need to care for their skin and protect it from the elements. Make sure that they’re wrapped up warm when you’re taking them out and try to apply a gentle moisturizer if you find that their skin is starting to dry out.

Managing the temperature of their baths and showers is so important as well. Bathing in very hot water will just dry the skin out a lot more which, combined with the damage from the cold, will cause them a lot of problems.

If you’re doing everything right but your baby still has very dry peeling skin, there may be an underlying reason for it. If it doesn’t go away, you should take them to see the doctor just in case there is a bigger health issue.

Cradle Cap


Cradle cap is another very common skin issue that babies will suffer from. It usually tends to affect them during the first few months but it should clear up before they are a year old so it isn’t too much to worry about. It’s usually caused by excess oil and it causes a waxy, red rash on the scalp and around the eyes and nose. There are a few different ways that you can treat cradle cap effectively so the best thing to do is speak with your doctor and get their advice.

Some children will respond well to medicated shampoos that you can use during bath time instead of their normal products. You can also use baby oil or special creams and lotions. Different products work for different children so always take the advice of your doctor and experiment with different treatments until you can find one that works for your baby.

Prickly Heat

Babies can be very sensitive to temperature and it can cause a prickly heat rash on their skin. Small red bumps can appear on the skin, most often in the places that are prone to sweating. If you notice these small bumps around the diaper area, the neck, the armpits, and any other skin folds, it’s probably a prickly heat rash.

When you’re trying to treat prickly heat rash, you don’t need any special medications or creams at all, you simply need to regulate heat. That means you should try to dress them in loose fitting clothes and keep their environment cool. A lot of parents worry about their child getting too cold in the winter so they overcompensate by wrapping them up too tightly and that can cause prickly heat rash, so just be careful.

These are all common skin issues that your baby is likely to suffer from at some point, but as long as you know how to deal with them properly, they should be happy and healthy.

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