Like adults, babies too have different skin types and varying degrees of sensitivity to external in?uences. Knowing your baby’s skin type will help you decide on the right skin care regimen for your child as well as pick the right products for him/her. Here’s how to do it right:
“This type of skin has a parched, whitish appearance and feels rough,” says Dr. Chhabra. In extreme cases the skin gets itchy, and scratching the skin may cause rashes.
Use baby soaps with a total fatty matter (TFM) of 80 to 85. If the baby’s skin still remains dry, consult a pediatrician/ dermatologist for a medicated cream or moisturizer. Avoid giving long baths to your baby in hot water, as hot water may sap the body’s natural oil. During winters, use an oil radiator rather than a hot air blower. The latter dries not just the skin but also the mucus in the baby’s nostrils, making it susceptible to infections.
This type of skin looks greasy, and cradle cap (yellowish, patchy, greasy skin rash on the scalp of newborn babies) is usually observed.
While giving an oil massage, do not leave the oil on the baby for too long. Exfoliating shampoos and soaps may also be helpful in oily skin. Use light, non-greasy lotions rather than thick creams
When sensitive skin comes in contact with perfumed products, toiletries, or detergents it may result in rashes. This type of skin is usually prone to allergies.
Introduce new products one at a time and look out for the appearance of rashes to ?gure out the products that suit your baby’s skin. Generally non-perfumed products with natural ingredients (olive, jojoba, and cocoa butter) are safer. Stick to a product if you are convinced that it suits your child’s skin. However alluring the ads may be, avoid experimenting with new products.