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by on June 23, 2022
Babies often have dry skin on their faces because their skin is more sensitive than adults. Their skin may be adjusting to the environment outside the womb, or it may be reacting to allergens in products or clothes. Dehydration and skin conditions can also cause dry skin. You probably shouldn't worry if your newborn has peeling, dry skin -- it often happens if your baby is born a little late. So if your baby's skin appears dry or starts peeling in the weeks following birth, you might have some concerns. A newborn's skin is delicate, especially right after birth, and it's likely that your infant's skin may be peeling. Flaky or peeling skin is normal at this stage and doesn't require any special treatment. Basically, in your newborn's first few days and weeks, the top layer of skin sheds. You can now breathe a sigh of relief: It's perfectly normal. In fact, all newborns lose their outer layer of skin in the first two to three weeks after birth. Babies spend their first nine months surrounded by protective liquids, so being exposed to dry air is a new phenomenon for them. Peeling skin on a newborn baby is quite common and not usually a cause for concern. Treatment is usually possible using home remedies. Try to make the environment less dry. · Dress your child in loose cotton clothing if possible. Changing bath time routines can have some of the biggest impacts on improving dry, itchy skin: Short baths are best. How can you relieve baby's dry skin? Moisturize. Use a small amount of creams or ointments if your baby is prone to dry skin. Moisturise your baby, from top to toe, at least once every day. This is especially important if your family has a history of allergies such as eczema, asthma or hay fever. You can also moisturise daily after the bath and twice daily if your baby's skin looks dry or flaky. There's no need to give your newborn baby a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out your baby's skin. Lock in moisture after baths. Use only scent-free products. Use a humidifier. Dress smart for the outdoors. Choose soft fabrics. Newborn baby skin care is a delicate matter. In the early months, as your baby's immune system develops, you'll want to use the mildest cleansers and the smallest bit of lotion. Baby oil is most commonly used to moisturize baby's skin, help treat diaper rash and eczema, and as a part of regular baby massages. Apply a thick, non-fragranced moisturiser all over daily at the first sign of dryness. Thicker creams are more effective than lotions. Apply moisturiser more often if the skin always seems dry. Avoid moisturisers containing botanicals, food and fragrance as these may disrupt the skin barrier. It is so hard even to begin to describe how adorable babies are. A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die. So many happy and wonder-filled times ahead for you!
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