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Skincare Tips for Babies with Sensitive Skin

There’s nothing quite like new baby skin. It’s soft, plump and with a magical scent that makes everyone melt. But in those first few years, it’s also extremely sensitive and much thinner than adult skin.

Does my baby have sensitive skin?

Babies with sensitive skin develop a number of symptoms, including:

  • Skin tightness 
  • Prickling 
  • Tingling
  • Temporary redness
  • Dry skin 

Of course, your little one won’t be able to tell you if their skin is feeling tight or tingly, so you’ll need to watch for signs of irritation and act quickly in addressing the problem before it gets worse. 

Young skin is very sensitive due to various factors including: indoor heating to cold outdoor air, summer sun exposure, air conditioning, chlorinated water, diaper rash, and frequent bathing. So, it's important to ensure your baby's skin is being given some extra love and attention. 

This doesn’t mean you have to swaddle your baby in protective bubble wrap until they’re in preschool. Instead, just follow these simple tips for caring for a baby's sensitive skin.

Product choice is crucial!

It’s important to be highly selective of what products are applied on your baby’s skin. If your child has eczema, you should be using products that are naturally formulated, specially made for babies and children, and stamped with approval for the skin condition.

Grahams Natural works tirelessly to provide consumers with naturally formulated products that utilise natural ingredients that are clinically tested. The Baby Eczema Cream and Baby Eczema Body and Bath Oil are both registered as a class 1 medical device. This not only ensures that the ingredients are formulated for the specific skin condition we are claiming, but also gives the user of the product confidence in using Graham's products for the intended purpose.

For a limited time only Grahams Natural is offering the ultimate Baby Eczema Relief bundle! It includes our best-selling Baby Eczema Cream, Baby Body and Bath Oil and Mega Oil which help to relieve the common symptoms of eczema on the skin as well as internally.

Take less baths! 

Did you know babies don’t really need a daily soak in the tub? It’s best to skip giving your baby as often as you can. The reason? Frequent bath time can break down the skin’s barrier, which dries it out. It’s also recommended to opt for a cooler temperature water, as heat can exacerbate the problem as well. This is particularly crucial for babies with eczema. The AAP notes that three baths a week during a baby’s first year is plenty. If you want to protect the skin during bath time, we recommend either applying the bath oil topically onto the skin before bath time to create a protective barrier on the skin, adding a capful directly into the bath water or applying the bath oil onto the skin immediately after a bath. 

Although frequent bathing is not recommended, it’s important to always keep the baby’s face and skin folds clean and dry from saliva, dribbled milk, and the like. To keep the baby’s skin happy and healthy, gently spot clean the skin by patting - not rubbing - their face and in between those adorable, chubby rolls with a soft washcloth when required. 

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise 

Moisturising your baby’s sensitive skin is so important in creating a barrier between external irritants and your baby’s delicate skin. For an everyday moisturiser, we recommend the Baby Derma Cream. The best time to use the cream is straight after a bath. After a bath, gently pat the skin with a soft towel, then apply the Derma Cream all over the body while the skin is still a little damp to lock in moisture. 

The Baby Derma Cream contains skin-loving ingredients including shea butter and sunflower seed oil to moisturise delicate skin from head to tiny toes. 

Avoid harsh sun rays 

Babies produce less melanin, which makes them more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, they should wear hats with an all-around brim, long sleeves and long pants when out and about. Also, make sure to apply a natural physical sunscreen with a minimum SPF of at least 15 to the baby's face and back of the hands. 

We recommend SunClear SPF 40 Natural Sunscreen. This sunscreen is suitable for the entire family, including babies with sensitive and eczema-prone skin. The active ingredient is microfine zinc oxide, which sits on top of the skin (instead of being absorbed into the skin) and physically protects you from the harsh rays. This sunscreen is also reef friendly, 2 hours water resistant, UVA & UVB broad spectrum protection, no water in formulation, vegan AND cruelty free! 

Look at the ingredient list 

Baby care aisles are full of sweet-smelling products with beautiful packaging and smiling babies. However, many skin care products geared towards babies and children are filled with impossible-to-pronounce ingredients that can cause skin irritation, as well as dubious health effects.

Many of the products you apply onto babies skin are used on a regular basis, such as moisturiser, shampoo, and nappy rash cream. This makes it critical to use clean, gentle, and effective products that are safe to use on a regular basis.

The Baby Derma Starter Pack is a perfect introduction to natural baby products. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a new mum, or trying the range for your own bub, this is the pack for you. It includes the following everyday essentials: derma cream, derma shampoo, derma wash, and nappy rash cream. 

Choose skin-friendly household products

The significance of ingredients doesn’t end with skincare products. Commonly used household products can contribute to skin issues too, so it’s important to take a good look at what you’re using in your home. Start by considering these: 

Laundry:We all know babies go through a lot of clothes, burp clothes, and blankets. You may think you need some industrial-strength detergent to get rid of the stain and smells. But those strongly-scented detergents can often leave behind a residue and fragrance that can irritate your baby’s delicate skin. Instead, opt for fragrance-free and dye-free laundry detergent. This also applies to other laundry products such as softeners and dryer sheets. 
Air additives and fragrances:air fresheners and candles can often contribute to skin sensitivities, so keep this in mind when purchasing!
Carpet cleaning products:did you know baking soda is a great alternative to harsh commercial carpet cleaners? It’s highly effective in removing unpleasant odors and contains no harmful chemicals. 

Choose soft, breathable fabrics 

Heat can cause a rash to develop on your bub’s skin, and wind and cold weather can cause skin chafing and irritation. When dressing your child, choose soft, breathable fabrics like cotton, bamboo, jersey knit, and fleece. These are less likely to cause irritation and allow your child’s skin to have the air exchange it needs. 

Diapers and diaper products 

One of the most sensitive parts of your baby’s body is their diaper area. It’s exposed to a lot of moisture and doesn’t get much air throughout the day.There’s no getting around the need for diapers (unless you use cloth diapers), but you can keep your little one’s bottom as dry as possible and use products that prevent irritation and discomfort. 

It’s important to be vigilant in changing your baby's diaper regularly when it gets wet or soiled, and keep your baby’s skin dry and clean. Make sure to give your bub’s skin some much-needed air time as well during the day. Let your baby play without a diaper to give their skin a healthy dose of fresh air. 

If your baby suffers from a nappy rash, we recommend using the Grahams Natural Nappy Rash Cream - a zinc based formula that has been clinically developed to prevent and alleviate the symptoms of nappy rash. Our cream works to dry out the moisture that causes irritation, protecting your child’s skin. With natural ingredients, our natural nappy rash cream will prevent and alleviate the symptoms of nappy rash. 

Always perform a patch test first!

Before switching to a new skincare product, make sure to test a small amount on your baby’s skin first. Then wait a while to see if the product causes any irritation, such as a rash or dry itchy skin. If nothing happens, you’re good to go!