Thursday, November 03, 2011

Tips to Help Parents Practice Proper Baby Skin Care

By Chris Tucker

If you haven't ever cared for a newborn before, your baby's skin care can be intimidating. As a new parent it is easy to become overwhelmed with trying to be perfect. The good news is that baby skin care is a lot easier than most new parents think it is.

The fact is that you don't need to buy a large number of products to keep your baby's skin clean and clear. Read on to learn some hints and tips that you can use to put together your new baby's skin care routine. Skip the powder when you change your son or daughter's diaper. Many people use powder because it is supposed to soak up moisture and keep the baby dry inside his diaper.

Daily baths are not required for newborns and very young infants. For the most part newborns and very young infants stay pretty clean. Babies aren't mobile right away so they don't get very dirty. This makes it easier for Mom and Dad to make sure that baby's skin doesn't come into contact with dirt or other things. A newborn pretty much only needs to be given a bath twice or three times a week as long as you keep the baby's face clean. Once they become mobile, however, daily baths are important.

Test the baby's bath water before you set him in it. Baby skin is easily burned by warm water! In fact, it isn't until people get older that they start to think highly of hot showers and baths.

Put your elbow into the water to see if the bath is too hot for your baby. Your elbow has very sensitive skin so if the water is too hot or cold for your elbow you need to adjust the temperature of the water. Your baby's bath water should never be hotter than lukewarm.

This is one of things we continue to do as adults to make sure we protect our skin. Think about it for a second: when was the last time you wore a new shirt without washing it first?

Acne is a skin problem that many people don't know can inflict their baby. The acne formation starts before the baby is even born - the mothers hormones are the root cause. It's really simple, some babies will produce more oil in their skin which in turn will clog their pores. You are never to let your baby's skin come into contact with any adult acne clearer!

Doing so can result in a serious medical condition. The treatment for this is to stick to a normal bathing routine and the acne can be expected to fade away once the clogs diminished and the healing process begins.

That's right, it mostly all comes down to staying clean, that's the big secret. A baby's skin has no use for the large variety of skin care products that adults use. Don't throw your money away and risk your baby's health. Developing a skin care routine that is suited for a baby is inexpensive and simple. The simpler the process, the more likely you are to continue with it.

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