Your baby’s skin - as soft as a baby’s bottom
We've all heard the saying "as soft as a baby's bottom" and many of us would just love to have that level of softness in our skin. Babies' skin isn't just softer than grown up skin though, it's also more delicate, and it's much easier to damage than adult skin.1
You need to be extra careful with your babies' skin, as it needs to be handled with care, and you can even accidentally damage it just by using a rough towel. This is because the skin of a baby is around 20 to 30 per cent thinner than an adults1, and it has a slightly higher surface pH level to that of an adult.1
It’s just one of those things that you can’t always help, but occasionally the afore mentioned baby's bottom can be decidedly less than smooth, and this is when you need to give it a little extra care. Because of the thinness of their skin, the higher pH level, nappy friction and exposure to wee and poo on a regular basis, all babies can be prone to nappy rash, no matter how careful you are.5 Don’t worry - nappy rash is a very common condition2 and thankfully most cases of it are mild.2
The best way to treat nappy rash is to let the air get to it. Avoid putting baby in plastic pants or tight clothes, and use gentle, breathable products like Bepanthen which will help soothe the rash, moisturise and repair the skin. It goes without saying that you should change baby’s nappy as often as possible, especially when she has nappy rash. Make sure that you wash the nappy area after every change and dry it thoroughly afterwards.5
Prevention is better than cure, so we also recommend using a hydrating barrier ointment like Bepanthen at every nappy change and after every wash. Experts recommend using barrier products because they help to reduce the contact baby's skin has with wee and poo.
Baby Skin Care Products
You can feel a little spoiled for choice when you’re looking for good baby skin care products - but you'll be pleased to know that when manufacturers make baby products, they legally have to take into account how delicate babies skin can be. Manufacturers of baby skin care products all formulate their baby ranges using milder cleansers, use less fragrance, and carefully control the pH levels.1 Any products that are designed to be used on children under the age of three have to pass an enhanced safety assessment, by law.1
When you're choosing a baby skin care product, look for something that's been 'clinically proven' and choose a well known brand that you can trust. Opt for fragrance free products with no added colours, preservatives or antiseptics to avoid the risk of irritation.
Babies' skin and the sunshine
Another area where babies skin needs extra care is in the sunshine. Thankfully, skin cancer is very rare in children.3 But there's no room for complacency because damage that happens to the cells of very young skin may develop into skin cancer several decades later.3 Studies have found that getting burned in childhood can increase the risk of skin cancer later, so it's vital that you keep baby sun safe.3
Babies up to the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, because their skin doesn't yet contain enough melanin to protect them from UV light.4 For older babies and children, there are specially formulated sunscreens which contain less alcohol or fragrance so as not to cause any allergic reactions or irritate baby's skin.
Choosing the right products, like Bepanthen, and taking a little extra care should help keep that peachy new skin kissable as long as possible!