Baby Dry Skin - Causes, Remedies and Prevention
Updated: Nov 13, 2022
The skin of a newborn baby is amazingly soft and delicate, but it's also very prone to dryness. This can be especially true if your little one was born prematurely or with a low birth weight. Newborn babies often have dry and flaky skin because they don't produce enough oil in their bodies yet (called sebum). Their skin also doesn't have much melanin pigment yet so it doesn't protect them from the sun like dark-skinned people do naturally. In addition, some babies are born with more sensitive or reactive skin than others; this could cause them to get irritated by certain things such as detergents or fabric softeners that their friends might tolerate just fine! If you're wondering about how exactly your baby's skin changes when he/she is born, what the difference between healthy and dry skin looks like and why some children are more prone to dryness than others then keep reading!
How Does The Baby's Skin Change When He/ She Is Born?
When your baby is born, his or her skin is extremely sensitive and thin. As a result, it can become dry easily and become prone to infections. This may be due to the fact that a newborn's immune system has not fully developed yet. Also, the mucus membrane in their mouth protects them from germs but doesn’t provide protection against things like dust particles which can cause rashes (redness) on their body as well as eczema (skin condition).
You need to be extra careful when you change diapers because this is where most of the rashes occur in babies due to friction with dirty diapers or when they are washed with soap too often by parents who do not know how to care for them properly. If the rash becomes infected then there could be red bumps that appear on your child's skin with pus coming out from underneath those bumps which might have an unpleasant smell emanating from it as well."
What Is The Difference Between Dry Skin And Healthy Skin?
Dry skin is not healthy skin.
The symptoms of dry skin are the same as the symptoms of dehydration, so it’s important to remember that a dry baby’s skin is not a sign that everything is normal. It’s a sign that something isn't right with your baby's hydration levels, and that you should take steps to fix them.
If your baby has dry, flaky patches on their skin or if they seem like they have less moisture in their eyes or mouth than usual then there could be an issue with how much water they're getting each day (or how much water is missing from their body).
Why Is My Baby More At Risk For Dry Skin?
As you may have guessed, there are several reasons why your baby might develop dry skin. One of the most significant reasons is that babies are born with dry skin—they're not born with an adult's thicker layer of protective oil on their skin. Babies' hair follicles and sweat glands don’t work as well as ours do either, so they can’t keep up with cooling themselves down like we can.
Although it might seem counterintuitive, exposing your baby to sunlight will actually help them build up a protective layer on their skin over time. Exposure to the sun allows them to use its rays as a source of vitamin D, which helps with healthy growth and immunity (and also prevents rickets). But make sure you use sunscreen when introducing this aspect into their lives; because infants' faces are still developing in size and shape during the first year (and even longer), it's easy for them not only to get sunburned but also too much light exposure altogether since they tend not yet know how much time is enough before they start turning red."
What Are The Causes Of Dry Skin?
Dry skin is an issue that affects many people. In fact, it's estimated that as much as 80% of the population suffers from dry skin every once in a while. If you're one of them, you're not alone!
It's important to understand what causes dry skin so that you can figure out how to treat it effectively and help prevent future flare-ups. Here are some factors that may lead to dry skin:
Diet (for example, eating too much sugar or salt)
Weather (too many hot showers)
Environmental factors (like harsh conditions at work or school)
Lack of moisture in the air (as compared to other areas with more humidity)
Excessive bathing and use of harsh soaps or lotions/creams
Hormonal changes (such as in pregnancy) Medications (for example, those for high blood pressure or diabetes) Skin damage from overexposure to the sun
How Can I Help Prevent Dry Skin?
Keeping your baby's skin moisturized is the best way to prevent dry skin. A lotion or oil applied after each bath is a good method, as are using a humidifier and avoiding harsh chemicals. You should also avoid using alcohol-based products or vinegar on your baby's skin and use water that is not too hot when bathing him/her. You can try mixing warm water with oatmeal in it to create some sort of cream for applying directly to his/her skin, as oats have been known to be effective at treating eczema and other types of dermatological issues such as psoriasis and keratosis pilaris (also known as "chicken bumps").
The oatmeal will tend to clog your baby's pores, so be sure that you rinse it off well before putting cream on him/her. You can also try using a mild soap made from natural ingredients instead of regular soap, as these tend to be less harsh and drying than other types of cleansers.
How Can I Help Comfort My Baby's Dry Skin?
You can help soothe your baby's dry skin in several ways. The best treatment for your baby depends on his or her age and the severity of the dryness.
Use a moisturizer that contains ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil and lanolin to seal in moisture. Make sure you're using a product labeled "non-comedogenic," which means it won't clog pores and cause breakouts (which is something you definitely don't want when caring for an infant).
Apply lotions or creams after every bath or shower to lock in moisture while keeping the skin hydrated until your next wash ritual takes place.
If your infant has extremely dry skin, consider using cornstarch instead of talcs because they contain talc which may cause breathing problems if inhaled by infants who breathe through their nose frequently (which is typical for newborns).
Is It Normal That My Baby Has Cradle Cap?
Cradle cap is a common condition that affects babies. It is a dry, scaly, yellow or brown crust that can develop on the scalp. Cradle cap usually begins around 6 months of age and sometimes continues until the child turns 1 year old. If you are concerned about your baby's cradle cap – here's what you should know:
Cradle cap is not serious but it can be unsightly and cause discomfort for your baby if he or she is scratching at his/her scalp.
You should talk to your doctor if you notice any signs of infection such as redness or inflammation (swelling), oozing liquid from areas where the scales have come off, blisters or pus-filled pustules (small bumps).
If you are concerned about your baby's cradle cap – here's what you should know: Cradle cap is not serious but it can be unsightly and cause discomfort for your baby if he or she is scratching at his/her scalp. You should talk to your doctor if you notice any signs of infection such as redness or inflammation (swelling), oozing liquid from areas where the scales have come off, blisters or pus-filled pustules (small bumps).
Your baby's skin is delicate and can be prone to dryness, but there are practices you can implement that will help prevent dry skin and support healthy bright skin.
The best way to support healthy skin is by applying lotion to your baby's skin. You can also use a humidifier in the nursery and at home.
A humidifier adds moisture back into the air and helps prevent dryness by moisturizing the air around you. Humidifiers are especially important if you live in a place that gets very cold during winter or has low humidity throughout the year (for example, many parts of Canada).
If you notice your baby has dry skin, try using a humidifier to help keep their skin moisturized. You can also use lotion to help add back in moisture if your baby's skin is particularly dry.
We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of dry skin in babies and what you can do to prevent it. Dry skin is common in newborns, but it can be treated and prevented by taking good care of your baby's delicate skin.
If your child has sensitive or dry skin, talk to your doctor about her treatment options. There are many medications available that can treat the problem without causing side effects like other treatments do.
With proper care, your baby will have soft smooth skin without any breakouts!
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