Caring for your baby's skin may seem like a challenge, but it's really about a few facts. From sensitive skin to eczema, find out what your child's skin needs here.
If you're a new parent, you probably have a lot of questions about a lot of things, including your baby's skin. How often should you bathe your child and is it really necessary to use shampoo. While it can feel daunting to be responsible for caring for your child's sensitive skin, it's really about getting to know your child's skin and trusting your own judgement. But while you're learning what works, here's some factual information to get you started.
A child's skin is sensitive
Our skin is designed to protect us, but to do its job, it needs plenty of moisture. New-born skin is paper-thin. Much thinner than adults, it can lose moisture very quickly. That's why a good skincare routine is so important - with products that help preserve the natural oils in baby's skin.
You don't need to bathe your baby as often as you might think
You can help protect the natural oils that keep your baby's skin hydrated by avoiding too frequent baths (too much water can dry out baby's skin and increase the risk of rashes and irritation). A light wash with a foam cloth will work most days, and when it's time to bathe, use a mild, fragrance-free wash. While the baby is very young, most parents find that water is enough to wash the little one's hair. Alternatively, a mild baby shampoo like Neutral baby shampoo will keep hair clean without irritating skin.
Another important difference between adult skin and baby skin is the pH level: Baby's skin has a higher pH, so choose pH-neutral products that won't upset the delicate balance of the skin. It's also a good idea to wash your child's clothes before use to make sure they don't contain residues of chemicals that can irritate their skin.
Mild products are best
To avoid irritation, start your child's skincare routine right away with mild, fragrance-free products that won't dry out their skin. Neutral's range gives your child's sensitive skin a good start: Our products are made without fragrance or colourants and are specially formulated to protect your child's skin from irritation.
Many skin problems are easy to treat
Looking for a solution to diaper rash, baby eczema or scars? Most of these skin problems only appear after 2 months of age and are very common. There are lots of things you can do to ease discomfort, but finding products that don't irritate baby's skin is the first step.