Real Mum Review: Here’s why I need to keep my baby’s skin safe in monsoon and how I plan to do it this season…
Among many things that monsoon brings along, are allergies and infections, especially in babies and children. Read on to know what this real mum has planned to keep her baby’s tender skin healthy this rainy season. Presented by SebaMed.
Monsoon is famous to be the season of lovers, romantics, poets and artists of all types. At the same time, monsoon is also the season of sickness, allergic reactions, infections and inflammations, which is the prime reason for the woes and worries of most mums.
Meet Neha Khanna, a great mum to her cute tot Baby Yuvaan, and know more about her wonderful transition from a ‘worried’ to a ‘worry- free’ mother
“As a child, I used to love the rainy season. We used to sail paper boats, jump in puddles and playing in the first shower was a ritual no one wanted to miss. Our mothers never dreaded the monsoons as we do today.
“Everyone thinks, ‘After all, it’s rain. What harm can it do?’ Even I had similar thoughts and continued to enjoy monsoon with my little one, until he got a skin rash, all thanks to our playing in the first monsoon shower! I was shell shocked to see his tender skin break into tiny eruptions that quickly escalated to a skin infection. What shocked me further was some facts that the doctor revealed to me.”
Mums, the obvious answer to this is, rainwater pollution. Here’s how it happens...
Rainwater by itself is the purest form of soft water with a pH in the order of 5-6 on the scale, which makes it non- alkaline in nature. The pH of human skin is 5.5, thus, rainwater should ideally be great for our skin, which it is, but not if you are based in a city.
In big cities and towns, industries, as well as emissions from vehicles give rise to increase in sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the air. After coming in contact with sunlight and humidity, these emissions turn into sulphuric and nitric acid.
Rainwater brings these down with every shower along with the dirt and grime suspended in air. As a result, if you are anywhere near the city, all you will get is toxic rainwater diluted with the atmospheric pollutants, also known as acid rain. The acid rain has a pH value of 4.0 which can damage human skin and hair.
Experts also suggest that city- dwellers must stay away from the first rain of the season.
According to David Cook of the Argonne National Laboratory, “Rainwater contains pollutants, soil, plant parts, insect parts, bacteria, algae, and sometimes radioactive materials that the rain or snow has washed out of the air. Air-borne pollutants from hundreds of miles away can spread quite rapidly and because of this fact, it would most likely be necessary to test the water on a daily basis to ensure safe drinking.”
Dr. Meha Mhatre, Tressez Trichology & Advanced Skin Care Centre says: “Rain water doesn’t cure any skin rashes, prickly heat or other conditions. First showers are full of pollutants and dirt. Rain water may cause skin eruptions and other problems as it is sticky and dirty. Increase in humidity may heighten the chances of infection.”
She further recommends that: “Follow the cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine to avoid breakouts. Do not forget to apply sunscreen even if the sun isn’t shining. Try and get the water resistant variant of sunscreen so that it is not washed off with sweat and rain water.”
Here are some important facts about baby skin problems during monsoon…
- Baby’s skin is more sensitive and vulnerable to skin problems
- Warm, damp and humid climate in monsoon leads to skin infections and rashes
- Experts agree that fungal infections are more common during monsoon
The skin’s natural protection against any type of irritants
Our skin's pH is about 5.5, a little on the acidic side. This thin acidic film, known as the acid mantle, serves to block the entry of harmful bacteria and other environmental harmful things into the body and to retain natural oils for moisture.
Rainwater containing pollutants damage the skin and use of soap will lead to further damage. The acid mantle is disrupted and your skin dries out, loses important oils, and can begin to crack, resulting in pathogens and other undesirable bacteria entering our systems more easily.
Here’s what our real mommy Neha found out about maintaining the skin’s natural protection, the acid mantle...
Neha says: “Living in a city, it is impossible to avoid both, pollution and rainwater. When I shared my worries with my bestie, she recommended SebaMed products as they help in maintaining the pH value of 5.5, which is great for baby skin.
“In rains you need a cleanser which will gently remove the dirt and toxins when your child plays in the rains and keeps it healthy and protects from bacteria entry. Regular soaps tend to dry up your baby’s skin, damaging the protective covering which shields your baby from any toxin related problems.
“Sebamed Baby Wash as well as Baby Bar, both proved to be a great solution as they gently cleanse the baby’s skin and hydrate it with botanical oils to keep it soft and supple. The Baby Wash can be used from head to toe and is free from irritants while SebaMed Baby Bar contains natural moisture.
“SebaMed’s Diaper Rash Cream helps to repair the damaged skin because of the pH 5.5 and forms a protective layer which prevents new bacteria from entering. It also helps in preventing any further damage to the skin, allowing it to heal faster. The natural oils help to hydrate the skin while panthenol heals the rash.
“The chances of infection are quite high and your baby needs protection all day long during rainy season. So I ensure that I apply the SebaMed Baby Lotion after his bath without fail. The lotion has lipids that keep your baby’s skin hydrated and the non sticky formulation helps in easy application. The botanical fragrance keeps your baby smelling sweet all day long.
“After my son suffered of that skin rash, I had almost stopped taking him out during monsoon. However with SebaMed products to my rescue, I can let him enjoy the rains without worrying about allergies and skin problems. I may not be able to do much about the rise in pollution levels but I can definitely give the best skin care to my little one and with SebaMed, that’s exactly what I plan to do this season.”
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