WHY MOST NEWBORN AND BABY SKIN ISSUES ARE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT
We’re so used to seeing utterly flawless babies gurgling in nappy adverts (and indeed all over Instagram…). Therefore, when our own little ones show signs of skin issues it can be seriously alarming. But don’t panic – in reality (#nofilter) it’s normal for newborn skin to show all manner of blemishes. After all, your baby just spent nine luxurious months lounging in your amniotic fluid. Hence, the real world can be a shock to their delicate system. This is why a huge chunk of newborns who have sensitive skin often grow out of it.
Read on for some of the most common newborn skin problems, along with some simple resolutions. However, remember if your baby has a sudden rash or if there’s family history of eczema or other more serious skin conditions, you should always seek medical advice.
You thought you’d have until their teenaged years to tackle acne, but no – it turns out newborn skin gets zits too. Facial pimples are incredibly common in newborns. They are simply a result of their delicate newborn skin adjusting to the big bad world. Furthermore, Milia, or milk spots, are also common in the early weeks. Both conditions are harmless and should disappear without treatment.
DRY SKIN AFTER BATHING
We’re encouraged to make bathtime a nightly event from the start. But, lovely as it is to see them splashing around in the water, your newbie doesn’t need a full bath this frequently. Consequently, topping and tailing with cotton wool and water will do the job. Nevertheless, often you decide to bath them. However, you should avoid perfumed bath products, as they can aggravate sensitive newborn skin. Neutral 0% Baby Bath and Wash Gel will gently clean your baby’s skin. Moreover, it can reduce the risk of skin irritation, since it contains 0% perfume or colourants. And anyway, newborns smell scrumptious already!
No matter how diligent you are at changing your baby’s nappy regularly, newborn skin is bound to suffer from nappy rash at some point. Often newborn skin experiences flare-ups when they’re under the weather or teething, for instance. Neutral 0% Baby Wipes are gentle on baby bottoms, containing 0% skin irritating ingredients. Additionally, we’d recommend subscribing so you’re never caught short in the event of a poonami….
Cradle cap – the yellow, flaky skin that’s common on baby scalps – can be a real downer. It’s a completely normal, harmless condition, but it looks unsightly and therefore can be upsetting for new mums. So, if you suspect your newborn skin might be sensitive, avoid the dedicated cradle cap shampoos on the market. Instead massage the scalp with coconut or olive oil. Then, brush away the scaly areas with a soft baby hairbrush. Generally, it will go away in its own time but there’s no harm in giving it a gentle helping hand.
RASH UNDER CLOTHES
If your newborn has a rash on their body, it could be that their new wardrobe is irritating their skin. Yep, all those hours of maternity leave spent washing their new clothes may well have been wasted if you used a detergent that it transpires they don’t get on with. Neutral 0% laundry products can reduce the risk of irritation or allergic reactions. Sadly they won’t reduce the amount of babygros and tiny socks you’ll find yourself endlessly washing though!
Chubby babies are adorable, but all those nooks and crannies can lead to a condition called Intertrigo. This is a rash found in skin folds, especially beneath their chin(s) and neck. Moisture from drool and milk can collect in their creases, which never get a proper airing, causing a red, weepy rash which can smell cheesy – yuck! Hence, wiping the affected area regularly using Neutral 0% Baby Wipes will help prevent the build-up. Additionally, apply a barrier cream such as their usual nappy cream or a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
Lastly, eczema is common in babies and children but often disappears as skin matures. However, if there’s a family history of the long-term condition, you naturally worry the slightest blemish on your newborn skin. Using perfume-free baby products from the Neutral 0% baby range will reduce the risk of further skin allergic reactions. However, you should always seek medical advice for signs of eczema in newborns.