The truth behind 7 common baby skin myths that every mum should know
Knowing fact from fiction matters, especially when it comes to taking utmost care of our little ones. Presented by Baby Dove.
Being a new parent is a beautiful and rewarding experience. But it can also be a confusing time, especially with so many well-meaning friends, relatives, and even strangers giving conflicting advice on child care.
Did an aunty tell you about tying black thread around your little one’s neck or wrist to keep the nazar (evil eye) away? While she means no harm, doing this without care might bring about unnecessary pain or even skin irritation for your child.
There are many myths and child-rearing practices when followed blindly, can cause more damage than good.
It is therefore important to distinguish fact from myth, especially when it comes to taking care of your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin.
Here’s a list of the most common baby skin care myths you should know:
#1 Anything organic is safe for baby’s skin
Over recent years, organic products have come into the spotlight as the healthier and smarter choice. The organic movement has grown to include not only organic food, but beauty products and skin care products, as well.
And while going organic has its advantages, keep in mind that not all organic products are made equal, and that products are not specifically formulated for babies and therefore, may not be the best.
Even age-old natural remedies aren’t completely safe. According to Dr. R. K. Anand's Guide to Child Care, besan (gram flour), which is made into a paste for beauty applications, can cause skin allergies and rashes in children.
#2 Water is all you need
While dad may get away with just bathing your baby in water when he’s assigned the task, you know that your precious little angel needs more than that.
In fact, according the American Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) guide on Neonatal Skin Care (3rd ed.), water removes only 65% of dirt on the skin. Mild skin cleansers are vital to improve skin hygiene, as they are more effective in decreasing components of urine and feces, and thereby reducing skin irritation.
They recommend using mild products with a neutral pH level as cleansers with high pH levels are harsh for the skin and raise the potential for skin damage.
No need to look further, mums. Baby Dove’s Rich Moisture Baby Bar has a pH neutral formula that respects skin’s natural pH balance.The bar contains ¼ moisturising cream that replenishes essential moisture and nutrients lost during cleansing, thus, leaving baby’s skin soft, clean, and nourished. It’s also hypoallergenic so as to reduce the risk of allergies along with being gentle to the eyes.
#3 Powdering up baby’s bottom
When it comes to cleaning the nappy area, water is not enough to keep your baby’s bum safe from bacteria because bacteria thrives in wet environments, such as your baby’s diaper.
But putting talc or cornstarch on it to keep it dry is not the recommended solution as it may promote further bacterial growth. Inhaling the powder particles also poses a risk to your infant’s respiratory health.
Instead, opt for a product specifically made for the purpose like Baby Dove’s Rich Moisture Diaper Rash Cream. It forms a protective layer that shields your baby’s delicate skin from the causes of irritation. It provides instant comfort from the first use and keeps the area smooth and dry. This diaper rash cream by Baby Dove is ideal for deal use as it also neutralizes pH in seconds, soothes and protects baby’s skin within seconds of application.
#4 Antiseptics are a must to combat infections
Antiseptics are commonly added into bathing water in a bid to better cleanse children. Or they may be added to water for soaking baby clothes in.
But according to an article by Dr. Manish Shah, children can have some “pretty nasty reactions to commonly used antiseptics”.
Dr. Shah advises to seek the advice of a dermatologist if your baby has recurring infections.
#5 Babies need oil massages
While massages, when done properly are effective in calming a baby, they’re not necessary for skin care and improvement.
According to Dr. Shah, baby’s skin, which is just half as thick as that of an adult, is likely to get damaged by strong substances. Also, baby’s skin loses moisture up to five times faster than an adult’s skin.
So, if you want to have that loving ritual of touch with your little one, choose a mild and caring cream like Baby Dove’s Rich Moisture Baby Lotion.
It provides superior moisturisation and leaves baby’s skin nourished, extra soft and oh-so-delicately-scented. The nourishing baby lotion soothes dry skin from the first use and keeps it moisturized all day.
#6 A body scrub is good for baby’s skin and helps in reducing lanugo
Babies are born with a soft, fine layer of hair called lanugo that covers certain areas of the body, such as the shoulders, back, ears, and cheeks.
A body scrub made from gram flour, turmeric, and milk is often used to rid babies of lanugo, as well as to improve skin quality.
The fact is that scrubs are not good for your baby’s sensitive skin. Rubbing it down with scrubs can cause irritation and redness.
Besides, lanugo will fall off on its own a few weeks after birth.
#7 Soaking baby in soapy water is good enough
Bubble baths are just so adorable and relaxing. But just soaking a child in soapy water isn’t going to do the job of thorough cleansing. (It makes for some fun photos though!)
Make sure you wash away the dirt and milk that may have accumulated in hard to clean areas such as in the folds of the neck and belly, as well as behind the ears, between baby’s toes, and the insides of his knees and elbows.
Fact or fiction – now you know.
So the next time someone gives you advice on child-rearing, remember that it always pays to do your research first. Knowing what the real deal is will help you take better care of your beautiful baby.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t make mistakes, because you most definitely will. But remember that there are no perfect mothers , just real ones. And the way Baby Dove believes, there is no right or wrong way of being a mother, just your way!
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