Should I Moisturise My Baby’s Skin?
When you have a new baby, all your focus goes into establishing a daily routine. Because of your growing list of concerns, somewhere along the way, you might forget that taking care of your baby’s skin should also be a top priority.
A Common Misconception About Baby Skin
Many new parents make the mistake of assuming that their baby’s skin is hydrated enough because it’s so soft. But without proper skincare, babies are susceptible to a myriad of different skin problems like itchiness, chafing, and eczema—all of which are caused by dryness. (1)
Unlike adult skin, baby skin loses moisture faster because the epidermis (top layer) isn’t as attached to the dermis (layer below). Baby skin is also thinner, which makes it more sensitive, often reacting to the slightest environmental stressor. (2)
That’s why experts recommend moisturising baby skin every single day. To avoid skin irritation, opt for light, fragrance-free moisturisers. If your baby’s skin is extra dry, moisturise twice a day—especially after nappy change. Try a baby lotion like Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion with Shea Butter . Don’t just target the dry spots; make sure you cover as much surface area as you can because babies tend to move around. (3)
Make Moisturising a Part Of Your Baby’s Skincare Routine
Moisturise your baby’s skin through a regular massage session. Infant massage, which incorporates physical touch, eye contact, and vocal communication, has been proven to strengthen the emotional bond between parent and child. (4)
Ahead are a few simple steps to a soothing massage time:
• Start by applying baby lotion to your baby’s palm.
• Massage the lotion into your baby’s palms in a circular motion.
• Repeat the same movement to the back of your baby’s hands, and then slowly move up.
• Gently tug on each of your baby’s fingers, and then move on to the legs.
• Spend the rest of the time rubbing the rest of your baby’s body.
Watch your baby closely to see how he or she responds to your touch. If the baby seems restless or agitated, stop and try again at another time.
1. Stamatas GN, et al. Infant skin physiology and development during the first years of life: a review of recent findings based on in vivo studies. Int J Cosmet Sci2010, 1-11.
2. Telofski LS, et al. The Infant Skin Barrier: Can we preserve, protect, and enhance the barrier? Dermatol Res Pract2012;2012:198789:1-18.
3. Available from: https://www.webmd.com/parenting/treat-diaper-rash-16/baby-skin-care. Accessed 2018/05/23
4. Porreca A, et al. Infant massage and quality of early mother-infant interactions: Are there associations with maternal psychological wellbeing, martial quality, and social support? Frontiers in Psychology 2017; 7(2049):1-13.