There are so many baby products out there, and not very many new parents have the time to research the best brands to use for their babies. If you are wondering what is best for your baby’s uber-delicate skin, here are the baby products you should use, and the ones you should avoid.
Baby has a scratch or cut? You.may want to think twice before using Neosporin. Dermatologists almost never recommend Neosporin or antibiotics for use on babies since there’s a risk for potential contact allergic reactions. Instead, Aquaphor prevents growth of bacteria and can be used to keep little areas of injury clean.
Go with creams or ointments which are less likely to contain ingredients that can provoke a reaction. Babies can have all kinds of allergies, to anything, but unless you’re noticing a rash after application, lanolin is generally quite safe for use.
According to WebMD, lanolin is generally used topically as a moisturizer to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritations, including diaper rash.
There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to protecting your skin. Parents want to minimize how many chemicals their baby is absorbing, which is why it is best to stick to zinc-oxide based sunscreens: The block will protect babies from ultraviolet light with minimal risk of irritation or chemical absorption.
Before the age of 6 months, babies can be protected from sun through ultraviolet-blocking clothing and avoidance of direct sunlight. After 6 months, apply liberal topical sunscreen on your baby 20 minutes before sun exposure, and reapply every two hours. Avoid spray sunscreens, until your child is much older.
Even with toddlers, there’s a risk of inhalation of sunscreen and irritation to the child’s respiratory tissue and lungs.
Scented body wash
Bath time can lead to skin damage for babies. Parents can overdo the scrubbing, given that babies are rarely dirty and cleanings should be quick using gentle cleansers.
It is best to use washes that are free of any synthetic fragrances, parabens, or irritating sulfates; the fewer additives in the product, the less chance of irritation.
Furthermore, you should also avoid ingredients listed as perfumes and colouring. You don’t want to strip natural oils and hydrators on baby’s skin. When it comes to baby’s bath time, it’s best to look for products containing soothing oatmeal or calming coconut butter.
some dermatologists recommend against the use of baby powder and other powders for diaper rash. The aerosolized particles are quite irritating to a baby’s lungs and have the potential to cause respiratory problems.
As fun as bubbles may seem, remember that your baby’s skin is already quite delicate and sensitive. Bubble baths are a quick way to strip away natural hydrators, drying out baby’s skin and leaving him or her itchy.
Experts recommend a quick bath time with minimal gentle cleansers limited to three times weekly. Baths can be introduced as early as the first year of life, but bubble baths are never fully recommended for infants because there’s no need for a large amount of soap when cleansing a baby.
Infants should be bathed in a tub of mostly water, with a very small amount of cleanser.