It's so plump, so smooth, and most of all, so kissable. Your baby's skin is a thing of beauty, and of course, you want to keep it that way. The most important thing to know about your baby's flesh is that it is far more delicate than the skin of older children or adults. That means it needs a lot more pampering—and believe it or not, a lot less washing.
No doubt you've seen hundreds of ads featuring beautiful babies in bubble-filled tubs. But the truth is, bubble bath is a bad idea for little ones; its ingredients are too harsh. Most soaps can also irritate babies' super-sensitive skin, so it's best to use a soap-free cleanser that is free of any dyes or scents. You really only need to get your baby into the tub twice a week. That will change once he starts eating solid foods and crawling around dusty floors. But for now, concentrate on keeping your little guy's diaper area clean and go easy on the rest of him.
If you or your spouse have sensitive skin, your baby is likely to have it too. Does his body sometimes break out in a fine red rash? Your detergent could be to blame. Talk to your pediatrician about the rash and consider switching to a detergent especially formulated for babies, or one that is free of any dyes or scent. A baby can also exhibit bright red cheeks and chin, a reaction usually caused by drooling. Simply put some petroleum jelly on his face at night to soothe the irritation.
In addition, here are some tips for keeping your baby's skin safe and healthy when you head outside.
Now that you know how to care for your infant's skin, you can go back to nuzzling it. Is there anything on earth so irresistible?
This article was written by the publishers of Parents and American Baby magazines.
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