It’s soft, it’s sensitive and it’s kissable, but what else is there about baby skin that you didn’t know? Read 10 facts about baby’s skin.
A baby’s skin is as soft as it will ever be.
This is because baby skin has recently come from the womb, where it has been protected from damage and the sun, which both cause skin to toughen up. Even gentle friction makes skin roughen, so the newer the skin, the softer it will be.
Your baby’s head is biologically kissable.
If you feel driven to kiss your baby’s adorable little head, there’s a biological factor at play: if you are breastfeeding, you will pick up any pathogens around her through your mouth, produce the relevant antibodies for them in your body, and release them to your baby via breastmilk. One of the many reasons nature is mind-blowing.
Baby skin is super-sensitive.
And it’s rarely as blemish-free as the baby catalogues will have you believe. One tenth of newborns will have eczema (an itchy red rash), one fifth of newborns will have baby acne (like the teenage kind), nearly one quarter will have milia (tiny white spots), and one half will have erythema toxicum (a rash of little red spots). Neutral 0% baby products have been specially developed for sensitive skin and are endorsed by the Danish Allergy Association. All products adhere to Neutral’s 0% philosophy and contain no perfumes and colourants, as well as being dermatologically tested.
You shouldn’t bathe a newborn.
Current guidance is to wait until the baby’s umbilical cord ‘stump’ has dropped off naturally before you give them a full bath. Until then, you should just ‘top and tail’ them, washing their face and nappy area with cotton wool and cooled, boiled water.
You don’t need to bathe a baby every day.
If they’re old enough to be bathed and they love it, that’s great, and if they have eczema your doctor might advise you to bathe them every day to keep irritating bacteria at bay, but otherwise you can ‘top and tail’ a baby in the days in between. When you do give a baby a bath, make sure you use gentle products which contain no perfumes, colourants or parabens, such as the Neutral 0% range..
Parents learn their baby’s skin by heart.
A study found that mothers could pick out their own baby while blindfolded, just by stroking the skin on the back of their hands. It found that parents learn the texture of their offspring’s skin during the every activities of caring for them, and that this sensory memory can kick in just one hour after the baby is born.
You can regulate your baby’s temperature through their skin.
Doing skin-to-skin contact with your baby not only releases oxytocin in both of you, but if your baby is too hot or too cold, as if by magic, your body temperature will naturally rise or fall accordingly to help adjust your baby’s temperature accordingly. Skin-to-skin contact can be done by putting your baby just in a nappy, and cuddling him to your naked chest, covering his back with a blanket. Studies have found that fathers can do skin-to-skin with their babies too and produce the same effects.
Olive oil can damage a baby’s skin.
It may be brilliant on salads and for moisturising adult skin, but a university study found that olive oil – which is sometimes used for baby massage – can break down the skin’s natural protective barrier, leaving their skin prone to eczema. Check out the Neutral 0% Baby Skin Oil, which helps to keep skin moisturised and reduce the risk of skin irritation and skin allergic reactions.
Baby skin is very thin.
Until they turn one, a baby will have much thinner skin than the rest of us, meaning not only do they feel the cold a lot more (this is why you have to dress them in an extra layer to what you are wearing), but that their skin is a little bit see-through (if they’re hot they’ll go red and if they’re cold their feet might go blue).
Touch is particularly effective on babies.
Because baby skin is so sensitive, it also makes them more sensitive to touch: massage, cuddles and strokes all help your baby to release the love hormone oxytocin, which helps with bonding.
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