Skin Conditions To Keep An Eye Out for In Your Little One | Things To Look Out For

Okay so I no longer have babies, my babies are practically adults now.  But I still have baby nieces and nephews plus plenty of friends with newborns.

Now more than ever it's most important to take care of our skin, but a baby's most importantly too.

Baby’s have sensitive skin. It’s a whole lot more sensitive than the average adult’s. This is because a baby’s skin is actually around thirty percent thinner than adult skin, which means that it isn’t as strong or protective of a barrier. Babies' skin loses moisture around two times faster than an adult’s too, which means that dryness, irritation and other skin conditions can prove a lot more common in little ones. When you bear this in mind, it’s a good idea to really take note of your baby’s skin and to do your utmost to protect it at all times. A key to achieving this is to be aware of certain skin conditions that are common amongst little ones. Being aware of them can help you to identify and tackle them in their early stages. Here are a few that you should know about!

Nappy Rash

Nappy rash is one of the most common skin conditions that you will find amongst babies. In fact, most of our kids will experience it at some point or another. It is essentially a form of rash that crops up when your baby’s nappy irritates the sensitive skin that it comes into contact with. The nappy might rub or chafe, or your little one might have spent a little too long sitting in a soiled nappy. Urine and feces coming into contact with already sore skin is a recipe for disaster and can create further irritation. To identify nappy rash, simply look for red or aggravated skin in the nappy area. Generally speaking, nappy rash will clear up of its own accord. But you might want to consider asking a doctor or pharmacist about treatments like hydrocortisone creams if the problem seems to be regular or ongoing. You should also aim to check your baby’s nappy regularly and change it as soon as it’s soiled. This will prevent excess problems from occurring.

Baby Acne

Acne tends to be something that we associate with teenagers. But babies can experience acne too! If you notice small red bumps, pimples, whiteheads or white pustules developing on your baby’s skin (particularly on their cheeks or their back), you may be dealing with baby acne. Nobody really knows what exactly causes baby acne yet, but it’s recommended that if your baby is experiencing it, you should use particularly soft fabrics in their clothes, bibs and other fabrics that they come into contact with. Again, while this condition can linger, it’s not dangerous and will generally go away of its own accord. Check in with your doctor if you’re concerned or the condition seems to worsen.

Atopic Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition amongst people of all ages. It impacts a large percentage of the population and, unfortunately, babies aren’t immune from developing it either. In fact, eczema proves pretty common in kids, with around one in every five children suffering from it at some point or another. If your child is going to experience eczema, it’s likely that the symptoms associated with the condition will establish themselves before your little one reaches the age of two.

Eczema sees skin become dry and flaky. It may itch for your baby and you may find them trying to scratch themselves to relieve this unpleasant sensation. But it’s essential that you prevent this where possible, as scratching can simply make things worse. Consider cotton mits for your baby, so they can’t scratch themselves. Keep an eye out for eczema developing on your baby’s hands, the backs of their knees, their neck and their elbows, as these are the most common places affected. Remember there are plenty of treatments available out there too. Generally, it’s best to consult your doctor first. They may prescribe you some sort of emollient lotion or emollient cream to use.

Cradle Cap

If you notice greasy, scaly patches developing on your baby’s scalp, they may be experiencing cradle cap. The condition isn’t dangerous but can be a little uncomfortable for your little one. Again, this is a condition that will generally clear up of its own accord. Just avoid picking off the scales or knocking them off accidentally.

There are a number of skin conditions that can affect baby, but these are some common ones. Hopefully, the above information will help you to deal with them should they arise!

Taking all the right precautions is key, babies are happier when they're healthy.

Hope these were helpful to some of you new mommies and even those soon to be.


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