As a mom, it’s expected and normal to want the best for your baby. But it can be a lot of pressure to ensure that you are only giving what is best with all the advice and superstitions you hear from people around you.
Once and for all let’s get things right about your baby’s skin and what can you do to take care of it better:
MYTH: YOU JUST NEED WATER FOR BATHS
Fact: Your baby needs a PH-balanced baby soap/wash not only to prevent irritation caused by air toxins and waste components, but also because water alone cannot take away germs and dirt.
MYTH: MILK BATHS ARE GOOD FOR MY BABY
Fact: Milk baths can actually do more harm to your baby’s skin especially when not rinsed properly. It can cause allergies and attracts insects such as mosquitoes. A mild lotion or a gentle cleanser for moisturization is recommended.
MYTH: DIAPER RASH IS MINIMIZED WITH POWDER
Fact: A much safer choice are diaper creams! Powder might keep your baby dry and rash-free, but it promotes bacterial growth or can even cause harm to your baby’s lungs when inhaled.
MYTH: BABIES’ SKIN IS ALREADY MOISTURIZED
Fact: They are soft cute creatures and you might think that their skin will remain smooth, but just as you get affected by air and the environment around you, so do they. Protect your baby from dryness by gently massaging his/her skin with baby oil; plus you touch gives them an added boost!
MYTH: YOU NEED TO BATHE YOUR BABY EVERYDAY.
Fact: The recommended bathing frequency for babies is only 2-3 times a week. It is also best to keep bath times short. Washing the face and neck, hands, and bottom is already enough to keep your baby clean. Long baths increase the risk of irritation because it reduces the natural oils of the skin.
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