- Babies skin is thinner than adults which makes it more susceptible to allergens and irritants, leading to rashes, blemishes, and even infections.
- There are many important things parents should do to protect their baby’s skin. One of the most important is to stay out of the sun and heat, and keep them nice and cool.
- Change their diapers frequently, apply diaper cream when needed, avoid bathing with soap every day, use gentle products, and moisturize their skin after baths.
- Parents should also manage baby’s nail growth to avoid scratches, keep the umbilical cord clean and dry until it falls off, and monitor any moles or birth marks.
Babies have the most soft, buttery skin. They enter this world with a clean slate of perfect looking skin. But what make their skin so amazing is also what makes it so fragile. According to Parents, their skin is thinner and more fragile than adults. This makes them more susceptible to allergens and irritants, which leads to rashes, blemishes, and even infections.
While some of these things are hard to avoid, it’s still important for parents to take extra precaution when caring for their baby’s skin. To do so, follow these 12 tips on how to protect their skin…
Keep Baby Out of Sun
We should all be cautious with our skin when it comes to sun exposure, but this is especially important with babies. Parents should limit a baby’s time spent in the sun as much as possible, only exposing them when necessary. You can still take them outdoors, just try to keep them in the shade or covered. Healthline notes this even pertains to the winter months.
Guidelines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state that a baby under the age of 6-months should be kept in the shade as much as possible and wear hats that cover their neck and ears. To keep them from overheating and out of the sun, dress them in loose fitting clothes that cover their arms and legs. Also, limit their sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and keep them well hydrated with either formula or breastmilk.
Another important note as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), do not put sunscreen on babies under 6-months-old. The best form of protection for them is to keep them covered up and out of the sun.