It’s only normal that, as a mom, you’d want the best possible care for your child. But with all the advice thrown around and superstitions you hear, ensuring that he or she is protected can be a lot of pressure.
But fear not! We’re here to set the facts straight on popular baby skin care myths and to offer tried and tested alternatives that can help you take better care of your little one’s skin.
1. Water is enough. They say that when cleansing your baby, all you need is water. But water alone doesn’t take away dirt and germs. What your baby needs is a mild, PH-balanced baby wash to help reduce irritation brought about by waste components and toxins in the air.
2. Milk baths are good for babies. While many believe milk softens and soothes the skin, it may do more harm than good. Milk can cause allergies if not rinsed properly, and might attract mosquitos or other insects that can bite your baby. Stick to a gentle cleanser and mild lotion instead to moisturize and prevent dryness.
3. Powder prevents diaper rash. Many suggest putting powder or cornstarch on your baby’s diaper area to keep it dry and free from rashes. However, both may promote bacterial growth and harm a baby’s lungs when inhaled. Diaper creams are a much safer choice.
4. Babies don’t need moisturizing. You might think babies have lasting, smooth skin, given how soft they are. But just as adults are affected by the environment and air around them, so too are children. To protect them from dryness, gently massage their skin with moisturizing oil. The physical touch gives them an added health boost!
5. A bath a day keeps the germs away. Most doctors recommend bathing babies only two to three times a week, as “top and tail” (aka washing the face, neck, hands, and bottom) is enough for them. Another tip? Keep bath times short. Longer baths reduce the skin’s natural oils and increase the risk of irritation.
6. Only babies with sensitive skin get rashes, eczema, and other skin conditions. All babies have delicate skin that requires proper care. But if their skin suffers frequent rashes and is extremely dry, it may be extra sensitive. That being said, use a baby-specific detergent for their clothes and keep an eye out for products that are hypoallergenic.
Taking care of your little one’s skin might sound tough. Thankfully, products like Cetaphil Baby are specially formulated to protect and nourish their delicate skin. The entire line are paraben-free, mineral oil-free, hypoallergenic, and dermatologist-tested – guaranteed to keep your baby safe and happy with your loving touch!
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With research from blog.parentlane.com, www.theindusparent.com, healthychild.org, wikihow.com/Care-for-Babies-With-Sensitive-Skin, and canadianfamily.ca