Tips for When Your Baby's Skin Is Extra Sensitive

Tips for When Your Baby's Skin Is Extra Sensitive

Parents will know how incredibly soft and delicate their baby’s skin is — but with this comes a heightened sensitivity. This is because a baby’s skin has not yet fully developed its protective layer, which will take two years of growth for full skin barriers to form. But while your baby is tiny, here are some tips on how you can make sure that they stay healthy.

Go for Organic Cotton 

Organic cotton is wonderful for babies with extra sensitive skin. Organic cotton is grown and made without harsh chemicals or pesticides. The lack of these elements in the fabric’s fibres means there is a much lower chance of your baby’s absorbent skin reacting after contact.

Avoid Strong Detergents

Like organic cotton is made without harsh chemicals, Staying clear of strong detergents can help babies with extra sensitive skin. Therefore, it is also advisable to ensure you don’t add anything that could irritate a baby’s sensitive skin when you wash clothes or muslin cloths. 

Avoid Getting Them Too Warm

As well as helping to lower the risk of overheating, keeping your baby cool can also help reduce skin irritation. Babies cannot regulate their body temperature and getting too hot results in sweating. This, in turn, can cause blocked sweat glands and an irritating heat rash. 

Alongside staying out of the sun, parents can help avoid overheating by opting for organic cotton baby clothes. Due to its extra-long natural fibres, organic cotton is a highly breathable material.  

Chose Skin Care Carefully

When your baby's skin is extra sensitive, it's essential to be more careful about the products you use on them. Choose natural, gentle or hypoallergenic products whenever possible. Be sure not to use strong soap or bubble baths until their skin is old enough to be more protective. 

It might also be helpful to use a hypoallergenic moisturiser, especially after bathing, as dry skin can cause a range of uncomfortable reactions for babies. This is sometimes known as the “soak and seal” technique, which can help babies suffering from atopic dermatitis or eczema.

Don’t Wipe, Dab

Due to excessive drool and dribbling, around the mouth and chin is a common area for irritated skin. One of the best ways to ensure this doesn’t happen is to dab the area with an organic cotton muslin cloth instead of wiping. This super-soft cloth is the ideal dabbing cloth for babies with extra sensitive skin. Using an organic cotton muslin cloth will also cause much less friction, another common cause of skin rashes for babies. 

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