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Bathing Beauties

Source :      Pubdate : 2013/1/8 10:05:00      Author :

 Despite what many books say, your baby's bath can be as simple as a big sink of warm water, a clean face cloth and a fluffy towel for being patted dry afterwards. You may be shown a particular bathing method in hospital, it is best to adapt that routine to what works well for you and your baby at home.

For a beautiful bath time, have a deep, warm - not lukewarm - bath ready for your baby. At first, don't add any products, just wash your baby's face and head with the face cloth and water. If you want to add a baby bath product, only put a little bit in, and do so after their face has been cleaned to save irritation. And if you wash your baby's hair, do it last thing, so that you can rinse all the shampoo off thoroughly, then whisk them straight out of any sudsy water, to a waiting dry towel for a pat down.

Now that you've got your baby on the towel, this is also a time to attend to any skin problems which may arise - although a baby's skin is usually beautiful and doesn't need too much attention.

Dry skin

Some babies, particularly those who may have gone past their due date, can have dry skin, particularly around the ankles and tummy band. If your baby has dry skin, avoid using any products in the bath, and afterwards, rub in a simple moisturiser, such as sorbolene cream.

Cradle cap

These unsightly brown or yellow scales on your baby's scalp are a form of dermatitis caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells. Some babies are more prone to it than others, but soap residue can make it worse.

Tackle cradle cap by first washing your baby's hair with a mild baby shampoo, rinsing thoroughly and then giving the scalp a vigorous towel dry, which may lift some of the cells.

The next step is to massage in a simple moisturiser - or even olive oil - and keep doing this three to four times a day. Repeat the whole process, starting with washing the hair, until the cradle cap disappears, which could take up to week.

If it has still not gone by this time, ask your pharmacist to suggest a product designed to help remove cradle cap.

Eczema

If your baby's eczema is significant, you need to see a general practitioner or dermatologist about it. But there are a few basic rules of thumb for babies with this dry skin condition, starting with not using any soap products in their baths. Sorbolene can be used instead as a soap if necessary. As well, babies with eczema shouldn't be bathed too often as baths can be drying. Your baby will need moisturising regularly with a good quality product recommended by your health care professional.

Milk spots

This spotty red rash is a normal part of being a newborn, and usually starts at around three weeks, right when most of your relatives drop by to see the gorgeous new baby. Leave them alone, don't touch them, and they will go of their own accord. They will get worse, then better by about ten weeks, without any help from you.

Nappy cream

After a bath is the time to put some nappy cream on your baby if you feel it is necessary. There are several schools of thought on this - some think your baby's skin should be allowed to breath and others think a cream is a good barrier. Your baby's bottom will probably guide you in this respect.

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