Babies generally have more reddish skin than older children and adult's skin. This is why it is difficult for parents to realise that their children have sensitive skin.
Has your baby's skin sensitive?
On the other hand some babies develop skin rashes after contacting with various substances. If your baby has any of the followings:
- a skin reaction after a lotion
- a skin reaction after a bath
- a skin rashes after wearing clothes, possibly reaction to detergent or dyes
If you have one or more than one of the above situation, you should consult to your doctor.
What to do if your baby has a sensitive skin
It is important to find out what substances your baby is sensitive to. It could be certain type of materials due to the high chemical process or dyes or fragrances. If you are not sure what substances are affecting your baby's skin, follow the points below:
- avoid clothes that may have chemicals
- avoid detergents, fragrances or dyes
- use mild natural bath soaps for bathing
- use organic or natural bamboo clothing
If your baby is in discomfort, consult your doctor immediately.
How baby's skin changes over time
When your baby is born, their skin colour becomes reddish purple colour. As they start breathing on their own, their skin colour becomes more red colour then will fade within the first day after the birth.
They may have blue hands and feet which is normal, however, if your baby has blue colour on the face, consult your doctor immediately.
In the first few days, your baby may have acne. This is normal and will fade away after few days.
Babies often have tiny blocked pores known as millia. They go away as your baby grows.
Your baby's skin is also sensitive to heat rashes. As your baby ages, you will be able to see when your baby's skin is becoming sensitive or not.
If your baby develop eczema, you may first see a sign on their face and cheeks. As your baby gets older, eczema is likely to form around the elbow or hand.
When to see a doctor?
You should talk to your doctor if you baby is in discomfort. You should also talk to your doctor if the following conditions occur:
- rash appears to be infected
- your baby has a temperature in addition to rashes
- treatment does not help to get rashes better
- a rash or dry skin does not appear and if it gets worse in the next few days
You should also talk to your doctor before using any medications.
Most babies will develop rashes, skin irritations and eczema. It is important to recognise these conditions before it gets worse.