Soothing Baby’s Dry Skin
How to Care for Your Baby’s Sensitive Needs
Your baby’s skin will face many challenges, especially in their first year. Their sensitive, new skin is prone to more rashes and irritation. So, whether it’s diaper rash, drool rash, a dry scalp, or chapped cheeks, there are steps you can take to help soothe and heal their skin. Read on to learn about common skin problems, how to treat them, and when to call the doctor.
Did you know?
Your baby’s delicate skin takes a few years to fully mature. During this time, their skin will develop a protective layer of water and oils. As it develops, some areas are left unprotected which can lead to skin issues.
What Causes Dry, Chapped Skin?
There are many factors that can contribute to baby’s skin becoming dry, red, and chapped.
- Weather conditions:
Cold, dry air is the most obvious culprit, but heat and sunlight can also dry your little one’s skin
Tight clothing or diapers, and even bedding can chafe your child’s skin
Harsh soaps, perfumes, and detergents
- Water quality:
Treated or chlorinated water can be hard on their sensitive skin
- Diaper rash:
The most common reason for diaper rash is prolonged exposure to moisture, like urine or stool. Other causes include allergies, diarrhea, or antibiotics.
- Drool rash:
Babies drool a lot, especially when they’re teething. Excess saliva and wetness can cause the skin on their chin, neck, and chest to become chapped, red, and visibly irritated.
Dry Skin Remedies for Baby
It’s no fun to see your little one uncomfortable. Here are some tips on how to help soothe and relieve them:
- Protect their delicate skin
If your little one has any dry, irritated skin areas, put a protective ointment, like Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment®, over the affected areas before getting them dressed for the day.
- Simplify bath time
- Keep it short: Limit bath time to 5-10 minutes tops and always use lukewarm water. Hot water will further dry out their delicate skin!
- Use gentle cleansers: Wash with a gentle, fragrance- and dye-free cleanser like Aquaphor® Baby Wash & Shampoo and keep bubble time to a minimum
- Moisturize and protect: After bath time, gently pat your baby dry and apply a thick moisturizer to their skin, like Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment®
Change diapers more often
Frequently change your baby’s diaper and always apply a thick layer of ointment,
like Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment®, this will help protect your baby’s bottom from wetness, acidity, and chafing. If a rash develops, switch to a treatment with zinc oxide, like Aquaphor® Baby 3-in-1 Diaper Rash Cream or Aquaphor® Baby Fast Relief Diaper Rash Paste
When to call the doctor: If the issue doesn’t seem to be getting better after a few days or if you notice skin problems accompanied by a fever or sluggishness, call your pediatrician immediately.