In an infant, the moment of the toilet is very important: it must reconcile hygiene, efficiency, protection, pleasure, and safety.
For baby’s toilet, hypoallergenic products with neutral pH
Your baby’s skin is sensitive, easily irritated, and very permeable. So you have to be careful what you apply, you must choose special baby products.
Check that they are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, and with a neutral PH (hydrogen potential) so that they do not attack the skin. Usually they are made from natural materials: sweet almond oil, vegetable glycerin.
A formula for body and hair
If the soap is too acidic for the skin, opt for a dermatological formula combining body and hair cleansing, equipped with a pump (more hygienic). It will be more practical, to handle than a bar without soap, when you apply it to the changing table before rinsing it in his bath. At any rate, do not use an adult product.
Exceptionally, when you are not at home, you can have a “leave-in” cleansing milk, the one we use for the change. Avoid it if your baby has dry or rough skin.
No too long baths
When bathing, avoid letting your baby splash for too long. The water is indeed often too hard and harmful for such thin skin, which could easily dry out. The hydro-lipidic film supposed to protect it is not yet formed.
The bath should therefore not exceed a few minutes. If you see that he is having fun and his skin supports it well, you can extend it a bit. Above all, never leave your baby alone in his bath. Never leave it, even for a short time.
Moisturize a baby’s skin daily
So that this soft and fragile skin can develop properly, do not hesitate to hydrate your child once a day. Take a cream or milk recommended by your doctor.
We generally offer “cold cream” type products, in particular based on petroleum jelly, vegetable oils. They moisturize especially the very dry parts of the skin and the folds.
For the face, opt for a day cream. It is generally fatter than milk. Apply two or three small hazelnuts and let the product penetrate well.
Watch out for redness
If your baby has redness, pimples, show them to your doctor. He will be able to tell you which product to adopt for these problems.
It is the same in the case of diaper rash. Change the diaper often and let the baby’s bottom breathe (without a diaper) as soon as possible. The doctor will surely recommend a water paste to protect his buttocks (Mitosyl, Aloplastine…).
Depending on the season, specific care for your skin
In winter as in summer, you will need to be vigilant and take extra care of your baby’s skin. Covering clothing and anti-UV sunscreen is of course required.
Against the cold
The cold will dry out, irritate his skin. You will need to pay special attention to his face. The uncovered part is the most exposed. Ask your doctor for advice, he will help you choose a moisturizer that you can pass on to him morning and evening.
Against the heat
As for the sun, the little ones, before one year old, should not be exposed to it because their skin is still immature and allows UVA and UVB rays to pass through.
In summer they can sweating a lot and seeing their skin become dehydrated; Prevention :
- give him baths every day to prevent the sweat from irritating him,
- moisturize it with a cream at least once a day,
- give him a bottle of water several times a day.
Clothing adapted to the fragile skin of infants
Prefer natural materials for your baby such as linen, hemp, wool. You can opt for a few organic t-shirts or onesies which contain less polluting additions.
You will spot these clothes thanks to labels of the type: Ecocert, RvA and KvA, Eko, Demeter. It is recognized that these textiles prevent the appearance of possible allergic reactions and allow the skin to breathe better.
- do not dose it too much and check that there are no more traces on your child’s clothes,
- choose the soft and hypoallergenic versions. Some designed with Marseille soap are specially indicated for washing babies’ clothes.