Skin Discomforts and How to Manage Them

When you have had a baby, you may have many questions. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with a guidebook, but there is plenty of information available to answer any queries that you may have. 

Babies are often prone to suffering from skin discomforts, and this can be heartbreaking to see as a parent. Understandably, you want to do all you can to relieve their irritation. Fortunately, there are skincare products that you can use as part of their daily skincare routine to manage issues that may come up. 

Of course, if there appears to be any infection or you are concerned, please go and see your doctor for advice. 

Dealing with nappy rash

One of the most common skin discomforts in babies is nappy rash. Nappy rash can occur for all sorts of reasons, including having wee or poo against their skin for too long, friction caused by the nappy, the nappy area not being cleaned thoroughly or products that may irritate. 

While nappy rash is common, it doesn’t mean that your baby has to suffer from it. As with many things, prevention is best, and this can be done by regularly changing your baby, as well cleaning & drying the nappy area thoroughly and gently when they are being changed. 

It may also be beneficial to use a barrier cream to protect and soothe the skin. It can also be helpful to give them nappy-free time to allow the skin to breathe.  

Eczema in babies

Another common skin discomfort in babies is eczema. This may appear as red or dry skin, and it can be itchy for your baby. If you are not sure if your baby is suffering from eczema, your doctor can confirm it for you. 

While it can appear anywhere on the body, it is often found on the joints of their arms and legs, or their cheeks. Eczema often runs in families, and your baby may be more likely to get it if one or both of their parents suffer from this. Another instance Eczema can often occur if the skin is dry and struggles to hold moisture, making it that much more important to keep your skin moisturised.

For babies that suffer from eczema, you should avoid products that contain harsh chemicals. Instead, opt for baby skincare products that use naturally derived ingredients, such as those from GAIA Natural Baby. Use a moisturiser that is suitable for even the most delicate skin to help lock as much moisture into your baby’s skin as possible. 

Cradle cap

Cradle cap is common, and while it may look unsightly, it doesn’t cause your baby any discomfort, nor is it contagious. It often appears as yellow crusts on the head, and it can spread to their eyebrows, nose and nappy area. 

The good news is that the cradle cap usually clears up by itself, although there are ways that you can help it to disappear faster. One method is to use gentle shampoos with no harsh ingredients which could irritate your baby’s skin. You can also use something like the GAIA Baby Massage Oil, rich in deeply moisturising oils to soften the cradle cap. It is important to never pick the crusts off as this could result in an infection.

One of the best ways to avoid skin discomforts is to use baby products with pure and naturally derived ingredients. Shop the range at GAIA Skin Naturals today.