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It Is Summer & Your Baby Can Be At Risk From Skin Conditions | Amoils.com

Added July 21, 2010, Under: Babies, Children's Health, Environment, Parents, Skin Conditions

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Summer is here and you need to know that your baby’s skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adult’s. It also produces less melanin, the substance that helps ward off sunburn. So while you have to be careful about sunlight, you should let your baby enjoy a few minutes each day to make sure he does not become vitamin D deficient. There is a big difference between sunlight and sunburn. And only ever use a natural sun screen on your baby’s skin if it is necessary to do so.

There are many different skin conditions that can affect your baby or young child

Diaper Rash

Caused by persistent wet, soiled diapers and the use of unnecessary baby products such as powders, creams, lotions and oils on the bottom. Treat by changing diapers frequently, cleaning with a warm washcloth and applying a barrier cream with zinc oxide. Leaving the bottom exposed to fresh air as long as possible works wonders with diaper rash.

Atopic Dermatitis/ Eczema  

This is an itchy, oozing, crusting rash which can occur on the face or scalp or in creases in the neck, arms or legs. Treat by using a healing natural oils eczema product made with pure essential oils and keep the skin moisturized.

Baby Acne

This appears as pimples and white heads along the nose and cheeks and is usually caused by hormones from the mother, that increase the oil production in the baby’s skin, so that the immature oil glands become clogged. In most cases no treatment is necessary because it usually clears up in a matter of weeks. If you really feel that you want to treat this baby acne, there are some home remedies and tips you can safely follow:

a) Apply some breast milk to the area with a cotton swab. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash with water.
b) Wash your baby’s face with a mild natural soap and warm water at least twice a day to open the pores and clear any oils and sweat that can contribute to acne formation. Clean away any saliva on the face. Always wipe your baby’s face after feeding.
c) Your baby’s clothes and bed linens should be washed in mild detergents.
d) Avoid using greasy lotions and oils on your baby’s skin as they can aggravate the condition.

Birthmarks

The most common place for their appearance is the face. Port wine stains are present at birth while the other type of birthmark – hemangiomas – can come later on. It is best to consult a dermatologist for advice and suggested treatment but these days laser treatment with pulsed-dye laser is a successful option.

Cradle Cap

This is a very common condition in young infants due to overactive glands in your baby’s scalp. Wipe gently with a natural baby oil, leave on for a few minutes before shampooing with a natural shampoo.   A baby brush or comb can be used to gently comb away the crusty patches. Your baby will usually grow out of this condition before too long.

Chafing

This can happen because of friction between your baby’s clothing and his skin or even where the skin rubs against other skin. Check for what is causing the problem and then clean, rinse and dry the skin carefully. Use a natural product to safely moisturize the area.

Dry Skin

Cold and dry outdoor air in the winter combined with central heating, as well as all the drying elements of summer, can cause dry skin in young children. These show up as dry patches. Treat by cutting down on bath time and by using a natural fragrance-free, soap-free cleanser. Apply a natural emollient after bath time followed by regular applications of a natural product specially formulated for baby’s dry skin.  Remember too that dry skin lacks water. If we are dehydrated, our skin is the first organ to suffer. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water all the year round. If the air in your home tends to be dry, use a humidifier in his bedroom. Dress him sensibly to protect from the elements whether winter or summer.

Heat Rash

This will appear as small pink pimples across the body because of high heat and humidity in the atmosphere as well as underdeveloped sweat glands. Keep the skin clean and dry and be careful not to overdress or overheat.

Ichthyosis

This is a rare skin condition where dry skin is accompanied by scaling and occasionally redness. There can be a thickening of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet too. A dermatologist should be consulted.

With some care and attention to your baby’s skin and environment together with the use of natural products, you can ensure that you both enjoy the summer together.

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