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In Part 1 of this Baby Skin SOS series, Beauty Editor Lisa Oxenham talked through how to treat little ones’ skin irritations and rashes. And whilst that was already extensive, babies’ skin needs are just that – extensive – so here she continues with useful tips and tricks she has picked up along with a little help from the experts.

Resist picking

Do not touch blemishes or baby acne as it will hurt them and might become infected and spread. Get your baby to wear mittens to avoid scratching at night time and keep fingernails short. The blemishes will disappear on their own but could take two to three months.

Bath time rules

Don’t bathe the baby with cleanser for the first few months but as they get older they begin to sweat so use gentle soaps on the body and wash hair twice a week. Stick to water only on the face, though. If skin is dry or flaky reduce the number of baths and the temperature. Apply oil immediately afterwards to lock in moisture. Coconut oil is natural and anti-inflammatory.

Cool a bruise

“Use cooling aloe vera gel directly on the area and keep applying. Don’t use ice as it could burn the baby’s skin and the extreme temperature change will cause your baby’s body to heat up to compensate,” warns Dr Terry.

Nappy rash rules

Often caused by persistent wet nappies and the use of unnecessary baby products, Dr Terry recommends: “Change nappies frequently, use a warm, wet muslin instead of disposable baby wipes, keep the area dry and apply a small amount of barrier oil”. Also check it’s not the nappy she is allergic to and try keeping the nappy off as much as possible for some fresh air.

Light layers for prickly heat

Just about anything overheats babies setting off a rash of small red bumps. Dress them in lightweight, cotton layers that can easily be removed and keep them in cool areas and it will soon disappear.

Clear up cradle cap

It looks like a yellowish crust under your baby’s hair and eyebrows and can spread to the baby’s neck, cheeks and chest. “It’s just the oil glands trying to find balance and skin turnover trying to figure out how to renew,” says Dr Terry. “It will usually disappear on its own but try massaging the area with coconut oil, leaving for an hour to loosen the scales and then washing off.”

Soothe sore skin folds

A red, raw rash found mainly in a baby’s skin folds, appears in chubby babies and usually disappears once they start slimming down. It is caused by skin-to-skin friction, moisture and lack of air. Dr Terry suggests washing the area with water and making sure it is completely dry.

Beat eczema

Up to 20 percent of babies develop this itchy, crusty rash. In its mildest form the dry, patchy areas should be protected with a skin barrier balm. For more severe cases, a steroid cream from your GP, will reduce the inflammation but Dr Terry advises to only use this when it really flairs up and mixed with a cream. “You want your baby to fight it and steroids dampens the immune response” she says. Many babies will grow out of eczema but soothe flare-ups by using aloe vera gel, making sure your baby isn’t too warm and using a humidifier to boost moisture overnight.

Fight fungal infections

“When your baby sweats she could develop a ring type rash that is slightly rough and whitish – this could be fungal which can be cleared up with an anti-fungal cream from your GP. Get it seen to as soon as possible as it spreads quickly,” says Dr Terry.

 

Lisa Oxenham
@lisaoxenham
Beauty & Style Director at Marie Claire UK. Art Director/Brand Consultant
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1 comments
Claudia
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21st Jul 2017

Such a helpful article, thank you. my firstborn never had any skin issues but my new born baby boy has very irritable skin and I need all these hacks! cant wait to try the product range out as Ive been needing products that are so targeted for ultra sensitive skin.

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