Moisturiser: how to use it and healthy tips
Deciding if your baby needs a moisturiser and which one to use can be difficult. It’s advised that you do not use lotions, creams and other moisturisers on very young babies (under four weeks) as the products may be too harsh on their sensitive skin.
If your baby’s skin seems dry, you can start to use an emollient after this stage. Any cream you use on your baby should be gentle and without fragrances, alcohol or artificial colours.
It’s recommended that you talk to your doctor, health visitor or pharmacist before applying any product to your baby’s skin. They can advise you on how to apply it and what product might be best.
If you have been advised to use a moisturiser, you can apply it to your baby’s dry skin every day, as often as is needed. You should use a thick, fragrance free moisturiser every day. You can apply moisturiser all over their body, ideally right after a bath.
Different kinds of moisturiser may be better suited for use at different times of day. As they’re more lightweight, lotions and creams are often better during the day , while ointments may be recommended for use at night or before putting your baby to sleep.
You should be careful of accidentally contaminating the moisturiser you use for your baby by touching it with dirty hands.
Some other tips for keeping your baby’s skin healthy are:
- Bath them in lukewarm water without soap or other bathing products. You should wash them with plain water, especially during the first four weeks.
- When drying your baby, make sure you pat down their skin rather than rubbing it, as this can cause irritation.
- Keep your baby out of the sun as much as you can and use a parasol or cover on their buggy. You should also use a child-safe sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on their skin for protection from UV ray damage. Babies under six months old should be kept out of direct sunlight.
- Change your baby’s nappy regularly and make sure you change them quickly if their nappy is dirty.
- Apply a barrier cream like Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment during every nappy change. Bepanthen can help to protect the vulnerable skin of young babies from irritants and other causes of nappy rash.
You want to make sure your baby is healthy – and that includes looking after their skin! If you want to know more, you can read our blog to learn more about skin irritations in babies or different kinds of baby rashes] .