Should You Moisturise Your Baby’s Skin?
When you have a newborn baby, all your focus goes into establishing a daily routine. Due to your growing list of concerns, somewhere along the way, you might forget that taking care of your baby’s skin should also be a top priority.
A Common Misconception
Many new parents make the mistake of assuming their baby’s skin is hydrated enough because it’s so soft. Without proper skincare, babies are susceptible to a myriad of different skin problems like itchiness, chafing, and eczema – all of which are caused by dryness. Unlike adult skin, baby skin loses moisture faster because the epidermis (top layer) isn’t as attached to the dermis (layer below). Baby skin is also thinner, which makes it more sensitive, often reacting to the slightest environmental stressor. That’s why experts recommend moisturising baby skin every single day. To avoid skin irritation, opt for light, fragrance-free options. If your baby’s skin is extra dry, moisturise twice a day – especially after diaper change. Try a baby lotion like Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion and don’t just target the dry spots; make sure you cover as much surface area as you can because babies tend to move around.
Make Moisturising a Part Of Your Baby’s Skincare Routine
Moisturise your baby’s skin through a regular massage session. Infant massage, which incorporates physical touch, eye contact, and vocal communication, has been proven to strengthen the emotional bond between a parent and child. Here’s a simple step-by-step procedure to follow:
- Start by applying baby lotion or babe massage oil to your baby’s palm.
- Massage the lotion or oil into your baby’s palms in a circular motion.
- Repeat the same movement to the back of your baby’s hands, and then slowly move up.
- Gently tug on each of your baby’s fingers, moving on to the legs with the same motion.
- Spend the rest of the time rubbing the rest of your baby’s body.
Watch your baby closely to see how he/she responds to your touch. If the baby seems restless or agitated, stop and try again at another time.
Cetaphil’s gentle Baby skin care products include a lotion, shampoo and massaging oil.