Saturday, March 18, 2006

Treating Baby's Dry Skin

Young babies have very sensitive skin. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others, and may require more care, but there are some things every parent should do for their babies, and some extra things parents can do for their babies when they have extra sensitive skin.

Some babies have skin that is very dry, and it causes them to be uncomfortable, and it even causes some older babies to scratch their skin. Babies and young children cannot tell when they are scratching too much, and may cause trauma to their skin. In some cases, babies will scratch themselves over and over again, until they bleed or scratch their skin. There are many different things you can try to help your baby.

One thing you can do is add a natural oatmeal bath treatment to your baby's water. An oatmeal bath treatment will soothe and relieve sunburn, relieve burning and dry skin, and also temporarily relieves itching. This products active ingredient is one hundred percent colloidal oatmeal. This product will work on babies, children, and even adults. All you have to do is add some or the entire packet into running water, then stir the bath so that the oatmeal does not settle on the bottom of the tub. You should bathe your baby in the oatmeal for about five to ten minutes. You can do this for your baby a couple times a week, and your baby's dry skin should become better.

Another thing you can do is add baby oil to your baby's bath water. Just like the oatmeal bath, add it to running water. You will only need to pour one to two capfuls in your baby's water. Besides pouring the oil into your baby's bath water, you can also run the oil directly onto your baby's skin and hair. This is one of the best ways to moisten his or her kin. If you pour it directly onto his skin, make sure you rub most of it in, and then wipe the rest off with a moist towel. If you put the oil in the bathtub, be careful that your baby does not slip. The oil will make the floor of the bathtub even more slippery than usual.

Besides adding different things to your baby's bath water, there are a few more things you can do for your baby's dry skin. One thing is to make sure that you put lotion on your baby one to two times daily. Try to use a lotion that is made for babies or a lotion that is perfume and dye free. Perfumed and dyed lotions can irritate a baby's skin, or make a baby's skin worse than it already is. It can also burn your baby's skin, or make him really uncomfortable if he has any scratches on him. There are special lotions made for babies such as Johnson's Softlotion. This lotion is clinically proven to be mild, and heals dry skin. The lotion will last up to twenty four hours. Johnson's Softlotion contains natural lipids and a touch of baby oil. It is a non-greasy formula, and can be used on babies, children and adults. Besides using only baby lotion, you can try adding a small amount of cortisone cream to your lotion. Cortisone cream may be harsh on your baby's skin, so you may want to ask your doctor before doing this.

Besides putting lotions and cream onto your baby, and adding different things to their bath, there are a few more things you can try to help heal their dry skin. First of all, you can look for a laundry detergent that is hypoallergenic. Purex makes a detergent called Purex Free and Clear, which is hypoallergenic and free of perfumes and clear of dyes. This kind of laundry detergent will be gentler on your baby's skin than a detergent that has added perfumes and dyes. If you switch to a detergent like Purex Free and Clear, make sure you are not only washing your children's clothes in it, but also their blankets, sheets, comforters, stuffed animals, and anything else that comes in close contact to their skin. You might also want to try skipping the laundry softener during your laundry time too. Laundry softeners can be just as harsh as some detergents.

There are a lot of different things you can try to heal your baby's dry, sensitive skin. If nothing works that you try, you might want to think about taking your baby to see his pediatrician, or your family doctor. He might be more informative and give you new ideas or medications to help your baby be and feel more comfortable.

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