If you're worried about your little one's delicate skin use these tips from Sharon Trotter to help keep it soft and happy.
Use water on your baby’s skin for at least the first month.
Wash your hands before and after carrying out any care of your baby.
Once introduced, read the labels of any skincare products before you buy them, and avoid products containing sulphates (sls / sles), parabens, phthalates, artificial colours and perfumes.
Before you start using a new baby product do a patch test on a small area of skin - even if it claims to be natural or organic.
Breastfeeding your baby can help strengthen their immune system so their skin is less likely to be affected by the potential irritants.
Don’t overload your washing machine! This will help prevent a build-up of chemical residues on clothing and bedding.
Cloth nappies are as efficient as disposables and don’t give a higher risk of nappy rash - they are also kinder to the environment.
Do use a thin layer of barrier cream on your baby’s bottom to help protect against nappy rash developing - choose a cream free from preservatives, colours, perfumes, antiseptics, and ideally opt for a cream clinically proven to be effective in the treatment of nappy rash.
Choose vegetable based moisturising lotions and massage oils, which are free from mineral oils, perfume and colours. If there is a history of nut allergies in your family you should also avoid nut-based oils. Contact a qualified baby massage therapist and ask for their advice on suitable massage oils.
Babies under a year old should be shielded from direct sunlight with the help of parasols, wide-brimmed hats and UV buggy covers or beach pods. Sun protection creams should be used with great care and avoided altogether for at least the first six months of life.
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