Baby skin is very sensitive because the skin is thin and easily irritated. So if baby's skin is peeling or dry, should baby's moisturizer be used? And when caring for a baby's skin need to pay attention to what issues? This article will provide some basic information about baby skincare.
1. What is baby skin peeling?
A newborn's skin can change a lot during the first few weeks of life. Before leaving the hospital or for a few days going home, a baby's skin may start to flake. This is completely normal for a newborn baby. Peeling of the skin can occur on any part of the body, such as the hands, soles of the feet, and ankles.
Infants still in the womb are covered with a layer of fetal sebum, helping to protect the baby's skin in direct contact with amniotic fluid. When the fetal sebum is gone, the baby's skin begins to peel off within 1 to 3 weeks. The amount of peeling skin depends on the state of the baby's birth: premature or full term. There are usually more layers of fetal sebum in premature babies than babies born during or after 40 weeks.
There are several other possible causes of peeling skin in children:
In some cases, flaking and dryness is a skin condition known as eczema or atopic dermatitis. It can cause dry, red, itchy patches on the baby's skin. This is rare in the immediate postpartum period but can develop later in young children. The exact cause of this condition is also not clear. However, it is possible to identify the cause of the disease due to several factors that trigger a flare-up such as exposure to skin irritants such as shampoos and detergents.
Peeling and dry skin can also be caused by an inherited condition known as fish scab. This diseased baby's skin can cause scabs, itching, and peeling. There is currently no complete cure for a scab, but to relieve the symptoms of dry skin and improve the skin condition,you should use a moisturizer for your baby.
2. A few skincare notes for your baby
2.1. Choose ingredients for baby skincare
For baby skincare products, choose as few ingredients as possible and be free of parabens, formaldehyde, or perfumes:
Cleanser: A soap-free liquid is the best option.
Shampoos: Not watery is best
Diaper cream: Use kerosene jelly or zinc oxide cream
Paper towels: Does not contain alcohol. Paper towels can sometimes irritate your baby's skin. So the safest option for your baby is water and a cotton towel.
Baby moisturizer: Pediatric dermatologists say the petroleum jelly in baby moisturizers is the gold standard gold. It is slippery and sticky but very cheap and effective, especially as it can fight skin problems like eczema.
Detergent: Try to choose fragrance-free, liquid detergent.
2.2. Bathe your baby
To avoid skin irritation and dryness, babies only need silkworms 3 times a week. However, the number of baths also depends on the season, humidity, and cleaning habits of beds and houses.
2.3. Change diapers often
Most diaper rash occurs when a baby is kept in a dirty diaper for too long. So, regularly change diapers especially after your baby eats. To prevent rubbing the baby's buttocks, thick creams should be used.
2.4. Moisturize baby's skin
Baby moisturizer may not be necessary for babies if baby have normal skin. Even so, dermatologists still recommend using a baby moisturizer every day. However, when choosing a baby moisturizer, don't choose the products with fragrant like perfumes or dyes, or irritants ingredients are similar to adult products.
If your baby's skin is extremely dry, moisturize twice a day or even after each diaper change.
2.5. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
Direct sun exposure puts UV rays at risk, putting young skin at higher risk for skin cancer, especially babies. Because they have very fragile skin and less sun protection pigmentation.
During the first 6 months, try to avoid any direct exposure to the sun. In the event that exposure cannot be avoided, some young children's sunscreens can be used. When applying the cream to children, just be careful not to get into the child's eyes and mouth.
A sunscreens with factor of SPF 30 along with cream oxide can be the ideal product to help your baby's skin resist harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.