Newborn skin is unusual because babies’ skin is naturally strong and prone to dryness and irritation. According to experts, the skin of newborns requires no additional treatment or moisturization, especially in the first month of life.
At birth, the skin of newborns contains a small amount of perspiration that is extremely thin because it is covered with fluid such as amniotic fluid and vernix. These protect the skin during pregnancy and are eliminated at birth, placing their skin in the open for the first time. This makes their skin easier to peel in their first month.
How do you know if your child has dry skin?
When a baby has dry skin, you can see:
– Dry areas on the skin
– Skin breakdown. Breaks can be positive or negative
– White, smooth scales along the edges
– Strong or stretch skin appearance.
What are the causes of dry skin in infants?
Now that you know the symptoms you need to look out for, you should also know what causes dry skin. Some of these are:
Ine. Dehydration: To see if the skin of newborns is still immature, cold and dry living things dry their skin quickly.
II. Other moisturizers: As much as you can, try to avoid wet containers such as nuts as this can cause allergies.
III. Bright soup: Some soaps are very harmful to baby skin because they contain chemicals that can irritate and disrupt the environment of the skin.
IV. Very long pages: Long-term bathing of the baby can cleanse the natural protective skin that is secreted by the sebaceous glands. Bathing in medicated water or chlorine can damage and dry the skin.
V. Climate and ambient temperature: If the weather is too cold or too hot, your baby’s skin may lose moisture and dry quickly.
How to prevent and treat dry skin?
- Limit baby shower time: Make sure your baby does not spend too much time in the water so you can keep the skin moisturizing.
- Stop using harsh soaps
- Use baby-friendly ointment after menstruation
- Choose clothes made of natural fabrics, especially cotton as cotton is soft and good for baby skin.
- Use baby washcloths to wash your baby’s clothes because cleaners often contain harmful substances on the baby’s skin.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately:
– Bleeding from broken skin
– Severe itching that makes the baby feel uncomfortable
– Pus or yellow on dry skin
– Swelling of the skin
– Dry skin accompanied by fever
– Dry skin that causes colic
It is helpful to be alert and pay attention to any of the above symptoms so that you can identify in advance that your child has a serious skin condition.