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Newborn skin care 101: how to keep your baby's skin healthy

Newborn baby dry skin and rashes aren’t uncommon, but they do need to be treated. Read on to discover everything you need to know!


By Cleanipedia Team

Yellow rubber duck in bath for newborn skin care 101

Key steps

  1.  Always use products that are designed to be gentle on baby skin.
  2. To keep your little one's skin moisturised, don't be tempted to bathe them every day, as this will dry out their skin. 
  3. If you're unsure about any skin changes, always take your baby to the doctor.

Baby skin is very different to that of us adults; it’s delicate, sensitive, and requires a whole lot of care. As a parent, you need to learn all about newborn skin care, so you can keep your little one comfortable and healthy. Luckily, it’s not too difficult and you’re in the right place! This guide will help you learn everything, from dealing with newborn baby dry skin to what kind of products you should and shouldn’t be using.

Bathing your baby for only 3 to 5 minutes in warm (not hot!) water can help keep their delicate skin hydrated and clean. Make sure to wash your baby towels with a gentle and non-bio laundry detergent, like Persil’s, to avoid irritating the skin after the bath! And always follow a bath by applying a little lotion or cream to your little one.

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Common skin problems for newborns

Skin problems certainly aren’t a rarity for newborn babies. They’re prone to all sorts of rashes and dry skin, so it’s important to know how to identify a flare-up and be aware what’s causing it. Here’s some information to help:

  • Dry Skin – if your baby has dry skin, this is usually due to it not being moisturised properly, or you may be using products that are irritating their delicate skin.
  • Eczema – Red patches on the skin that are itchy are usually cases of eczema. This can be caused by allergies or skin that’s more sensitive to certain products. Your doctor can help you to diagnose and treat eczema.
  • Prickly Heat – Little red bumps on areas where your baby will overheat (for example, their neck, armpits or beneath their nappy) could be prickly heat.

These are just a few of the many skin problems babies can have, just to give you an idea of the range of issues that can crop up. If you notice bumps, rashes or discoloration on your baby’s skin and you don’t know what it is, take your little one to the doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Dry skin remedies for babies

Dry skin is a common problem for newborns. It can be uncomfortable for your baby and, if left to get worse, could lead to other problems. To help prevent this from happening, here’s what to use on baby dry skin:

  • Non-greasy moisturising creams made for baby or newborn skin.
  • Natural lotions free from perfumes, dyes, and chemicals.
  • Olive oil.

These can all help to moisture the skin of your little one without irritating or worsening the problem. You can apply one of these after a bath, or after a nappy change – and you could even incorporate some gentle baby massage techniques when applying it, to help to calm your baby while soothing their skin.

How to look after baby skin

The best way to look after your little one’s skin is to use products that are designed to be gentle on baby skin. Remember, newborns don’t actually get that dirty – so you don’t necessarily need to bathe them every day. In fact, having baths too frequently can actually dry skin out.

When washing your child’s clothes, use a gentle detergent and fabric conditioner that’ll be kind to sensitive skin, such as Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure. If your baby has very sensitive skin, it also might be worth considering a different kind of nappy, perhaps cloth nappies made from natural materials.

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