HOME VISITING: Baby Skin Care

 

Bringing your baby home is wonderful! No matter how prepared you feel there is always something new to learn. Everything from their head to their tiny toes is delicate. This includes your baby’s skin!

Every baby is different. Some will have soft, perfect skin. Your baby might have dry, flaky skin. Sometimes a baby can develop a rash. If this happens, you want to do your best to keep your baby comfortable and happy. If you cannot reach your baby’s doctor, you can always talk to your home visitor. Talk to them about the best ways to care for your baby’s skin to prevent or clear skin rashes.

Here are some simple ways to care for your baby’s gentle skin;

Bath Time – When bathing your baby, use room temperature water. Try to use a very small amount of soap on your baby. Too much can dry out your baby’s skin. When bath time is over, remember to pat and never rub your baby to dry them after the bath. Your baby could get a rash from the cloth if you rub your baby’s skin too hard.

Diaper Time –  Some baby’s experience diaper rashes. Your baby’s bottom might be mildly red. Make sure your baby’s diaper area is clean and always dry. Use fragrance free products when cleaning your baby. Talk to your home visitor if your baby is prone to diaper rashes. They can show you what you can do to prevent skin irritation.

Brush Time  – You might brush your baby’s soft hair and notice skin flakes. This can be cradle cap. You can clear cradle cap by washing your baby’s head with mild soap. Use a soft brush to loosen the flaky skin. The top of your baby’s head is very delicate. Your home visitor can show you how to brush this area.

Everything about your newborn baby needs special care and attention. Do not forget about their delicate skin! Talk to your home visitor if you think your baby’s rash is getting worse. They can help you decide how to treat the area.  They can help ease your mind. Your home visitor is there for you and your baby. To enroll in a home visiting program near you, dial 211 Help Me Grow.