You’ve heard the saying “as soft as a baby’s bottom” to describe surfaces that feel awesome and wonderful. Most babies are born with naturally perfect and healthy skin, although sometimes babies have issues with dry skin. The best way to deal with dry skin in a baby is to use natural sources to keep the skin soft.
Safe Oils for Babies
There are many different oils that can be used safely on a baby:
* Olive oil
* Almond oil
* Coconut oil
* Vitamin E oil
These oils are easy to find as well. However, it’s important not to overwhelm the baby’s skin with many different things in case there is an allergic reaction. Try just one of these oils at a time and pay attention to how the baby’s skin reacts.
Feed Your Baby Well
In addition, ensuring that your baby is eating right, and that nothing is in their diet that can irritate the skin is essential. If the baby is being breast fed, consider giving up processed foods and anything that your baby could not ingest. Also, ensure that your baby is feeding enough so that they are hydrated.
Try Dry Brushing
Babies can enjoy the process of gently dry brushing their skin with a soft natural brush or cloth. Just rub the cloth or the brush over the baby’s dry skin. It will encourage the production of natural oils as well as get rid of any dead skin that prevents the lotions and oils from absorbing. Plus, the baby will enjoy it as much as the parents and it’s a good bonding experience.
Avoid Too Many Baths
It’s tempting to give the baby a lot of baths. After all, they get things on themselves all the time. However, too many baths can inadvertently dry out the skin. Sometimes it’s better to just use a wet cloth to wash off the baby instead of an all-out bath every single time. If you must immerse the baby, just use plain water that isn’t too hot. Rub oil over the baby’s body right after leaving the bath.
Get a Water Softener in the House
Chlorine and salt water can be very drying. This can make summertime very difficult but, even your water at home can be full of chlorine or you might have dry water. Get your water tested and if needed get a whole house water softener. This will help eliminate dry skin in your baby and yourself.
Run a Cold Mist Humidifier
A great way to help your baby’s skin stay moisturized is to ensure that your baby is hydrated. One way to do that is to run a cold mist humidifier. Keeping your home from 30 to 50 percent humidity will help immensely.
These little steps can help keep your baby’s moisture level at its optimum level. If these steps don’t help, see your baby’s pediatrician for assistance.