Skin Care for Children

Skin Care for ChildrenEvery child's skin is extremely soft and delicate. Baby's skin is even more tender and sensitive. It can be easily irritated if mild or hypoallergenic skin care products aren't used. Bathing is a bonding ritual between parent and newborn, but it's also necessary to keep baby's skin clean and moisturized.

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There is no need to bathe your baby every day. Two or three times per week should be adequate. In the bath, massage baby's skin with a soft sponge and always use a pure cleanser. Afterwards, wrap baby in a thick towel to make bath time more enjoyable. Once your child is dry, apply a mild dusting of powder, one that doesn't contain synthetic colors, fragrances or preservatives. This will protect your baby's skin from chaffing.

Baby should always be fitted with a cotton diaper after baths to help keep irritants away from the skin. Since a baby's bottom is very sensitive, moisturize the area with a mild wipe and apply baby lotion and baby powder to leave skin comfortable and dry.

Be mindful of the products that come into contact with your child's skin. Harsh additives in laundry detergent, for example, can remain in clothes and cause irritation when your child wears them. Also check the ingredients of household cleaners, particularly those used on items your child uses or in areas where your child spends a lot of time.

To protect babies and young children from harmful UV rays, always apply sunscreen before they go out to play, and again each time they exit the beach water or pool. Hats and light clothing add an extra layer of protection and are an especially good idea during peak sun hours (about 10 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m.). Better yet, avoid prolonged outdoor activity at this time of day.

Most skin care products made for children are pure and have no added fragrances, but products made especially for sensitive skin can also be found. If you think a product might irritate your child's skin, it is best to test it on a small, out-of-the-way area, such as the inside of the forearm. Consult your pediatrician or a dermatologist if skin problems such as rashes or extreme dryness persist.

Every child's skin is extremely soft and delicate. Baby's skin is even more tender and sensitive. It can be easily irritated if mild or hyper-allergenic skin care products aren't used. Bathing is a bonding ritual between parent and newborn, but it's also necessary to keep baby's skin clean and moisturized.

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