12th November 2016

4 reasons your baby might have dry skin – and what to do about it

When you first have a baby, you’ll spend hours frantically Googling anything they do which seems remotely out of the ordinary. Every new mum’s search history is a bizarre buffet of terms like “what does newborn poo look like”, “how much sleep three week old”, “baby keeps hiccupping”. And one of the biggest worries can be around their skin – after all, you spend pretty much every second of the day staring at your baby, so the slightest change leaps out at you and has you fearing the worst.

Of course, if your baby has a worrying rash or if there’s a family history of eczema, you should always seek medical advice, but dry skin is a common issue in many newborns, and needn’t have you dialing for an ambulance. Here are a few of the most common causes – and simple solutions.

Too many baths

It’s lovely making bathtime a part of your newbie’s bedtime routine, but babies have thinner skin than the rest of us, which means they absorb and lose moisture very quickly. In reality, newborns don’t need to bathe very often at all – two to three times a week is more than enough, unless they happen to have puked all over themselves. When they do bathe, you need to use something gentle like AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash, which cleanses, soothes and comforts dry skin prone to irritation.

Laundry detergent

Remember how, during the last weeks of your pregnancy, you washed your baby’s clothes again and again? What a waste of time that was now if you discover that your choice of laundry detergent may be affecting them Change to a brand designed for sensitive skin, steer clear of fabric softener, let them be naked as much as possible and use an emollient like AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream on any flare-ups.

All that hot air

New babies spend a lot of time indoors, especially when it’s chilly outside and especially when you’ve got three episodes of Stranger Things to catch up on. It’s lovely that they’re so cosy but, of course, the heating can make their sensitive skin dry up even more. Whack on some AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream – it immediately moisturises dry, sensitive baby skin that’s prone to irritation.

Swimming club

If you’re throwing yourself into maternity leave activities like baby swimming classes, it can be a shock to your baby’s delicate system. Sure, they enjoy the dunking (eventually…), but babies with sensitive skin may suffer in all that chlorine. To undo the damage, hose them down afterwards, lovingly slap on some AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream and then, when you get home, bathe them in AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash.

This month mush is partnering with new AVEENO® Baby to bring you extra content and know-how. The AVEENO® Baby range is specially formulated to help moisturise, soothe and protect baby’s sensitive skin and contains natural oatmeal.


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