Silky soft baby skin is not at all as common as you might think. Read about the various spots and irritations that new-borns tend to get in the beginning.

We're used to seeing perfect babies in commercials and on social media, but in reality, the new-born's skin has all sorts of spots. It's just the baby's delicate system that is getting used to the world, and you can help it adapt to the new environment using the products you choose to use on the baby's skin and in your home. Here is a list of the most common signs of irritation you may experience in your child.

Stains on the face    

Red and blotchy rashes are extremely common in new-borns, simply because the baby's delicate skin is getting used to the environment. Milia is another common sight in the early weeks. Both are harmless and should disappear without treatment.

Dry skin

As adults, we are encouraged to make bathing an evening ritual from the start, but this advice does not apply to new-borns. Gentle washing of the head and tail with cotton and water is just as good. When bathing your baby, avoid using perfumed bath products as these can irritate the baby's sensitive skin. Neutral baby bath soaps and wash gels are fragrance and dye-free and gently cleanse your baby's skin without irritating.

Diaper Rash

Even with regular nappy changes, it's almost impossible to avoid nappy rash in new-borns. It can also flare up if your baby isn't on top form or is teething. Neutral baby wipes are made without skin-irritating ingredients and are gentle on baby's bottom.

Washing powder rash

If your new-born has a rash on his or her body, it may be because the new wardrobe irritates the skin. Neutral's 0% detergent products are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested and approved and can help reduce the risk of irritation and allergic reactions.

Intertrigo

This rash can occur in any skin fold, especially under the baby's chin and on the back of the neck. Moisture from drool and milk collects in the child's skin folds and does not get enough air. This causes a red, runny rash and an unique (some say cheesy) smell. Regular wiping of the affected area with Neutral baby wipes helps prevent the rash from getting worse. And as an extra barrier, you can apply the usual baby ointment or a thin layer of Vaseline.

Eczema

Eczema often disappears as the skin matures, but it's common in babies and young children. If your family has a hereditary condition and this worries you, using fragrance-free baby products from Neutral's baby range will reduce the risk of future allergic reactions.

In addition to our advice above, always remember to seek medical advice if your child develops a sudden rash or if there is a family history of skin conditions.