10 Mistakes You Don't Want To Make
Child India|September 2016

You do all that it takes to keep those bumps and rashes away from your sweetheart. Yet, there they are—troubling her. Are you making any mistake while taking care of her delicate skin? It’s time to find out.

Aroma Sah Anant

New moms worry. Period. After all, the little angel you’re suddenly responsible for doesn’t come with a dos-and-don’ts manual. You receive unsolicited advice from your grandmother, mother, a distant relative, and even your old neighbour. As a cautious mother that you are, you end up considering most suggestions. Problems are still not at bay. Here are 10 mistakes you may be committing while caring for your infant’s skin.

Doing too much

Dryness just doesn’t seem to leave your baby alone. Moisturize her delicate skin but do so sparingly. Smart advertising and attractive packaging of various brands nowadays are enough to tempt parents to buy various lotions. However, exposing Baby to too many products regularly can lead to rashes. A newborn’s thin epidermis can easily be irritated by allergens present in over-the-counter solutions. Dr. Madhuri Kadam, paediatrician, SRV Hospital, Mumbai, warns, “It is important to know that consumer products—even the ones meant for babies—are not all regulated by the FDA. Many are packed with toxins that can be absorbed into your baby’s tissue-like skin.” Go old fashioned and nourish the skin with almond oil and olive oil.

Bathing Baby daily

Your baby isn’t out playing in the sun or dirt yet, so a daily bath or scrub aren’t really needed. If you follow this practice, you end up stripping your child of the essential moisture she is trying hard to retain. “A gentle bath with mild cleansers is enough,” says Dr. Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon, Cutis Skin Clinic, Mumbai. Also, it is essential to dry that tiny body completely before lathering it up with a lotion. Dr. Kadam says, “It is necessary to pat dry the body after bathing before applying any moisturizing agent. Applying moisturizer on a damp body can lead to a fungal infection.”

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