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8 Ways To Deal With Dry Skin In Your Baby

Ambili S Kartha
0 to 1 years

Created by Ambili S Kartha
Updated on Sep 28, 2018

8 Ways To Deal With Dry Skin In Your Baby

Baby Soft Skin. We hear or use this phrase more often. However, not all the baies skin are soft. Just like adults, babies can also have a dry skin. In fact, babies are more prone to dryness as babies have thin, sensitive skin. The severity of dryness varies. However, severely dry skin irritates the baby so much and can bring about itchiness and scratching that can lead to skin infections.

What Causes Dry Skin In Babies?

There are quite common reasons/causes that may result in dry skin in your baby. Here are few of them.

  1. Weather: Extreme cold and hot weather can rob the moisture from the baby's skin. Therefore exposing the baby to the sun, dry or cold wind, etc. can turn the skin of the baby dry
  2. Surrounding temperature: If a home's central heating system is too hot, or air condition make the room too cold (grown-ups may not feel the slight differences, but the baby's skin will) then, the air in the house will gradually lose its moisture and eventually dries out the baby's skin
  3. Long baths: Prolonged bathing of the baby can sponge down the natural skin oils secreted by the sebaceous glands leading to dry skin
  4. Chlorinated water: Bathing of baby in chemically-treated or chlorinated water can also damage and dry the skin
  5. Harsh soaps: Any non-baby soap can be harsh on the delicate skin of the baby, giving rise to dryness

What Are The Other Reasons For Dry Skin In Babies?

Dry skin can be an indication of several skin issues as well. Here are four common skin issues that cause dry skin in babies

  1. Eczema: This is an allergic skin condition distinguished by itchy rashes mostly on the cheeks and forehead. Dry skin rash is a foremost symptom of eczema
  2. Pityriasis Alba: This is eczema that only appears on the face, arms, and torso
  3. Psoriasis: Even though it may look like eczema, it is not an allergic skin condition but a more serious autoimmune disease
  4. Cradle cap: Cradle cap is quite common, zero serious, dry flakes that appear on the scalp of the newborns. It is caused due to the overproduction of skin sebum and will resolve its own. Many layers of dry skin on the scalp are common in babies with cradle cap

How To Deal With Dry Skin In Babies?

Depending on the dryness level of your baby’s skin there are different treatment methods. Dry skin that is caused due to environmental issues can be treated through following ways.

  1. Limit the bath time: Bathing can turn the baby's skin dries out the skin's natural oils along with the dirt. Mainly, spending too much time in the tub, that too in hot water, can ebb away the skin's natural oils, exposing the bare skin, increasing the chances of skin damage. It is recommended to limit the bath time to 10 min. And, also bathe the baby in warm water rather than hot water even in winter. Unless your little one has had a messy day, bathe him every alternate day. However, you should give him a wipe in the key areas every day
  2. Avoid harsh soaps: It is better to choose a gentle, unscented, hypoallergenic bathing or shower gels, or liquid soaps with added moisturizers, instead of standard baby soap. If you prefer a baby soap, pick ones that have additional moisturizers such as oils. Steer clear of soaps that contain alcohol and added fragrance and also, bubble baths, as they can dry the baby's skin quickly
  3. Use moisturizing lotions after bathing the baby: Apply a daily moisturizing head-to-toe ointment/lotion/cream to your baby's dry skin. It is important to use it within three minutes after baby's bath. This is a more effective way to deal dry skin as this way, as you can lock moisture into the baby's skin
  4. Select clothes made of natural fabrics: It is important to switch to gentle and breathable cotton clothes and totally avoid clothes made from synthetic fiber once your baby show signs of dry skin. Synthetic clothes aggravate irritation and itching of the dry skin
  5. Use laundry detergent that is baby friendly: Picking natural fabrics alone is not enough. If you use harsh laundry detergent to wash baby's cloth, it will aggravate the dryness and irritation of the baby's skin. You must wash them only in baby laundry detergents. Choose a detergent specifically for babies with sensitive skin
  6. Dress the baby properly on winter days: Mittens and hats should be a must when you take your child out during winters. Put on a full-sleeved jacket and a cap can cover the ears and scalp. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly as it will help in preventing your child's face from getting chapped on cold winter days
  7. Use a humidifier: Dry air is the worst enemy of a baby's skin. Place a humidifier in your baby's room during dry, winter months to maintain a steady level of air moisture Remember to clean the humidifier daily to prevent the mold growth. Also, always set your thermostat as near as 68° F
  8. Keep the baby hydrated, especially in winter:Ensure the baby is well hydrated. Feed him more breast milk or formula. You should encourage the older baby to drink water

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| Nov 25, 2018

thanks mam

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| Oct 12, 2018

Merea baby ko eye me one side white spot sa kuch dikh rha h eyelid lower me or vo eye ko rub b krta h water b aa rha h aakh se white kyo h mgr ankh corner se pta n chla. rusi b h upper eyelid me. m worried white spot kyo h. dry lgta h vo bhut km h mgr PTA chlta h white spot

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| Sep 28, 2018

also using right products free from paraben and hypoallergens is very important. you can use product of your choice but I use mama earth for my son.

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| Mar 28, 2018

thank u madam

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis or coconut oil which is best

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis

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| Mar 01, 2018

tq for info can i use olive oil for massaging baby as my baby having dermatitis

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| Feb 07, 2018

thank you, but am scaring small holes her face when bit clear????

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| Feb 07, 2018

what about that holes when its clear. ??? I use tedybar soap,olive oil for massage,cetaphil lotion. am using soft fabric but scarring that holes.

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| Feb 02, 2018

thank you

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| Jan 31, 2018

thank you, it's really helpful..

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| Jan 30, 2018

very useful info..

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| Jan 25, 2018

aas iM

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| Jan 25, 2018

it's a very good useful tips

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| Jan 25, 2018

thank you.. really helpful

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| Jan 25, 2018

thanks for d info. it is v. usefull for me

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| Jan 25, 2018

very effective strategies to deal with dry skin in babies, thanks for sharing!!

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| Jan 24, 2018

Good information.. It helps a lot for me. Thank you.

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