Babies are delicate just like their skin. For first time mom like me, caring for my baby's skin is one big task I'm dealing with everyday. Even now that my son is 18 months, I make sure that he is using safe and hypoallergenic baby products.
The common baby's skin problems are heat rash, diaper rash, infant acne, eczema and cradle cap. Heat rash or prickly heat are tiny red, itchy bumps on the skin. In the Philippines, babies and children as well, are prone to prickly heat because of our humid weather. Aside from using a hypoallergenic soap, I give my son a tea bath everyday. Want to know how? Yes? Okay, I bought tea bags from SM Hypermarket. I'm not promoting though, I bought 100 pieces Natures Pride Green Tea bag for only 82.50 pesos. Put a tea bag in a cup, add hot water then mixed this to about a liter (1-2 tabo) of water that will be used as your baby's last rinse. You can let your baby soak for awhile to better absorb the tea. Tea has natural antioxidants that is very healthy with the skin. But we must always remember that every baby has different skin type so what is okay with my baby will not mean good for your baby too.
Diaper rash, on the other hand, is any skin irritation that develops in the diaper-covered area. Mommies should be very particular with diaper and wipes our baby is using. Some prefers cloth diaper over disposable ones because the latter may contain chemicals that irritates the baby's skin more. Baby wipes, on the other hand, is very convenient to use especially when we are out for malling or trip. Choose one which does not contain alcohol and is made up of natural ingredients. When you are at home, it best to wash baby's butt after each poop so that the bacteria will not stay in the skin to lessen infections.
Infant acne are like small whiteheads that often appears on the face. It usually appears when babies are between 2 weeks and 2 months old, and it may disappear after two weeks or may last up to 6 months. Infant acne is cause by the hormones in your system that was acquired by the baby in the utero or from your breatmilk. Symptoms will disappear when the hormones are eventually flashed out from the baby's stream.
Eczema also known as dermititis is the term used to describe a skin condition characterized by red, scaly and itchy skin. Baby ezcema is an unknown cause and it is believe it's an immune system reaction that can be triggered by certain soaps, creams, allergies and detergents. It may worsen with stress, heat and sweat.
Lastly, cradle cap looks like a a very bad case of dandruff. It looks like a red area in newborn's scalp, covered with greasy, yellow, scalpy patches. This can start to become flaky overtime, so they rub off easily just like dandruff and often with bits of your baby's hair attached. Cradle cap is common in babies under 8 months old and it usually starts in the first 3 months of life and stays for weeks and months. This is also common to older babies and toddlers. It's harmless and is nothing to worry about. My baby's hair falls off when he was 3 months and I believe it has something to do with this cradle cap. :)
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