Having dry skin to anyone–whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s. Babies are no exception.
In fact, because baby skin is more sensitive and delicate, infants have higher chances of getting dry skin. But as with most ailments, a baby with dry skin is nothing that proper and thorough care can’t handle.
Especially to the first time mom, your questions would probably include, “So, how do I go about this specific concern?” and “What are the do’s and don’ts in caring for my baby with dry skin?” Before we go on with answers and suggestions on the few adjustments in baby care and procedures, let’s first talk about the possible reasons why your baby has dry skin.
Why is my Baby with Dry Skin?
Dry skin in adults is often characterized with a flaky, scaly and noticeably itchy appearance, and we’re very sure that these are also what you see or observe in your baby with dry skin. With the same observation, the causes are kind of the same.
- Cold weather or indoor air that’s too hot
Normal, healthy skin has a thin layer of fat that keeps in moisture and is responsible for the skin’s soft and supple texture. But when the air outside—or wherever baby is—dry, the water in your skin evaporates quickly.
- Frequent washing
Too much of anything can be bad for you! And that includes too much washing for baby. Especially with the wrong type of products, washing too often strips your skin of its natural moisture and oils.
Tips for Baby with Dry Skin
As with adults, if dry skin is left untreated, it may develop bumps, inflammations and swelling. How do you care for a baby with dry skin, you ask? Try these Moringa-O² tips.
- Keep baby well-hydrated with plenty of fluids—breast milk or formula.
- Keep baby’s body moisturized with a trusted brand of lotion such as Moringa-O2 Herbal Moisturizing Lotion or a moisturizing oil formula like Moringa-O2 Hair, Scalp and Skin Therapy Oil.
- Regulate the air within your home. It shouldn’t be too toasty or cold.
- After a dip in the pool or at the beach, give your baby a rinse and wash off that chlorine and salt.
- Instead of long, hot baths, give baby short, warm soaks every other day.
- Make sure that baby is wearing appropriate outdoor clothes. Mittens should be handy in venues where it’s cold and chilly.
Finally, don’t settle for any soap of that precious and sensitive skin! Read up and discover what’s a proper criteria for choosing soap for sensitive skin.