Once you welcome your new born baby into the new world caring for the baby becomes a first priority this is the question many first time mothers have is about skin care for new born baby New-borns have very delicate skin that is vulnerable to irritation and dryness Although new born baby skin does not require additional moisturisation very often the skin does get dry after baths and may require a smaller amount of moisturiser to replenish the natural skin oils lost due to bathing or dry air this is safe to use lotion to protect your little one’s skin
When Can You Start Putting Lotion on a New-born Baby:
Neonates have a covering over their skin called as ‘vernix’ this is a waxy layer of protection that covered their body in the mother’s womb to protect their skin from the amniotic fluid. This layer starts peeling off in the first few weeks after birth, giving the appearance of dry flaky skin the skin below this layer is consist of moist which is enough and does not need extra moisturisation.
However, you can use a moisturiser if the baby seems to have very dry skin, especially around the ankles, elbows and hands. It is safe to use petroleum jelly, olive oil or Vitamin A-D cream to help with the appearance of the skin when the vernix is peeling off. If you want to use store-bought moisturiser, it is best to use a mild, fragrance-free one or one that has been recommended by your new-born’s paediatrician.
Why Does a New-born Baby’s Skin Need Lotion:
A new born baby’s skin is actually consist of moist under the outermost layer. However, it does need lotion or a moisturiser as it can become dry when exposed to dry air in the room and also, after a bath. It is best not to bathe your new born baby more than thrice a week, as this can strip the baby’s delicate skin of all the oils that keep the skin soft and supple. The baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to irritation and eczema. Hence, you may need to use lotion or moisturiser to soothe skin irritation and combat baby eczema.
How to Choose the Best Lotion for Your New-born:
To find out the what is best lotion for newborn baby following these tips:Pick a mild and gentle lotion that is free of perfume and colours, parabens, phthalates, phenoxyethanol, preservatives, and organically extracted plant oils, always Choose a lotion that is doctor recommended rather than buying one at a store., If you wont to buy lotion you can use olive oil, petroleum jelly or doctor-recommended vitamin A-D cream, Use a lotion that is hypoallergenic on your baby’s skin and to avoid any allergic reactions.