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Baby Skin SOS Pt. 1
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Like most new mums, the sight of a rash on my little baby’s skin made me panic; what if she was ill?, Was it a sign that I was doing something wrong?

While my years as a beauty journalist set me in good stead when handling my own fatigued, stressed skin that was a result of giving birth, sleepless nights and – as if that weren’t enough – renovating while adjusting to being a new mum, I was flummoxed when it came to what to do with Eliza’s skin.

Once I’d reassured myself through googling and help from my network of pals, I started to consult the experts. What I found was illuminating to say the least.

Firstly, rashes and blemishes are common in the first year of a baby’s life (phew): “Skin is a protective barrier that guards against all sorts of elements, like sun and bacteria. In babies it’s new so it’s thinner, hypersensitive, has very little pigment, and doesn’t regulate temperature so it’s bound to erupt into a rash,” says London-based skin specialist and new mummy Dr Terry.

That’s not to say you can’t do anything to ease the redness and itching.
Here, a few tried and tested tips (with more to follow next month in my Part 2 of Baby Skin SOS, so stay tuned):

Get quality sleep

“Important for adults – but even more so for babies, as this is when the body secretes growth hormones, which help replenish cells and tissues,” says Dr Terry. Quality sleep means no LED screen time. “Baby TV is fine-tuned to draw your baby in with the bright colours and music. It becomes addictive and then disrupts their sleep.”

Relieve emotional stress

“Babies only need play, food and love so any type of stress can cause sensitive skin, from eczema, psoriasis and rosacea to chronic dryness,” says Dr Terry. Babies can feel the mothers stress too through the heart beat, so Dr Terry recommends deep breathing before coming into contact with the baby and taking a shower after work: “When you’re stressed your body emits different chemicals into your sweat and your baby will be able to smell those on your skin and clothes,” she says.

Give a daily dose of probiotics

“70% of the immune system starts from the gut,” says Dr Terry. “If you’re breastfeeding give a probiotic such as Bio-Kult Infantis once a day or add it to their food. This will help your baby’s skin to better adapt to the environment and fight skin infections – especially if the mother or father is prone to hay fever and allergies.”

Protect against pollution and UV

It’s a tough one when living in a city like London and you can’t protect them in the bubble forever but for the first few months avoid taking your baby into a polluted town. “In Asia the mother and baby have a 30 day confinement period and don’t allow visitors for two weeks to help them develop their own immune systems,” says Dr Terry. Use a high SPF sunscreen too.

Embrace good fats

If you are breast-feeding as well as eating oily fish and avocado, make sure you are taking omega oils like Viridian Organic Rainbow Trout Oil and increase your intake of skin-supporting EFAs by eating nut and seed butters – this will help your baby’s skin health as the goodness comes out into the breastmilk.

Lisa Oxenham
@lisaoxenham
Beauty & Style Director at Marie Claire UK. Art Director/Brand Consultant
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