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Looking after your newborn’s skin

Looking after your newborn’s skin

Congratulations on your beautiful new baby! Without a doubt, newborn babies are delicate, requiring close monitoring and care. Learning how to care for a newborn can often be overwhelming for new parents, but soon you and your baby will be in a routine and it will all feel like second nature.

Your newborn baby’s skin is different to your own skin, and needs extra special care. Here you will learn why your baby’s skin is so important, how to take the best care of it, and also some common conditions to look out for.

About Baby Skin

Your newborn's skin is not just amazingly soft, it is also a unique and essential shield that offers protection from the outside world. It plays an important role in maintaining health, and in defending against irritants, toxins and infections. Skin also regulates your baby's internal temperature, and is a tool for exploring the world through touch. Baby’s skin is different to adult skin and needs extra special care throughout the first years of life. Compared to an adult’s skin, a baby’s skin:

  • Is about 30% thinner
  • Has a greater tendency to dryness
  • Is more prone to allergies and irritation
  • Absorbs more water, but loses it faster

For these reasons, it’s important that mild and gentle products, developed especially for babies, are used when caring for your little one’s skin.

Caring for baby skin

For the first few weeks of your baby's life, you don't need much more than water and cotton wool. Given how different baby skin is to adult skin, when you decide to move on to products, it's important to pick specifically formulated products for use on delicate baby skin.

Common Conditions

There are several common skincare conditions your baby might experience, and in most cases they are completely harmless.

  • Cradle Cap
  • Nappy Rash
  • Eczema & Dry Skin
  • Infant Acne
  • Peeling
If you are concerned about your baby's skin or health in any way, always pay a visit to your GP, even if it's to put your own mind at ease. Being a new mom can be stressful, so make sure to look after yourself and your little one.
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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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