Today’s expert is Dr. Cricelda Rescober- Valencia, a Philippine board-certified dermatologist. She has been in private practice for more than six years and has pursued further studies in dermatologic laser in Thailand. She is married to Dr. Nikko Valencia, an ophthalmologist, and they have a wonderful son named Nathan. As a first-time mom, she thinks that parenting was difficult at first because of the endless diaper changing and sleepless nights. She says that being a hands-on mom with Nathan brought her immense joy that she did not think was possible.
Dr. Cricelda Rescober- Valencia has always been fascinated with the study of skin. Today, she will share some tips on how to take care of your baby’s skin. Of course, it is always best to consult with your child’s doctor before using any products on your baby.
Why Your Baby’s Skin Needs Special Care
The skin is the largest organ of our body. Adult skin is a lot different from the skin of a baby. The baby’s skin is thinner and more sensitive than our skin.
According to Johnson and Johnson, a baby’s skin continues to develop over the first year of his or her life. While the skin develops into a more effective barrier, babies have higher exposure to irritants, allergen penetration and infection. Their skin is also more sensitive to sunlight (Danby S, Cork MJ, 2011). As a result, some ingredients that work well for adults are too harsh for babies.
Because of the great surface area-body mass ratio in infants, babies are at an increased risk for systemic toxicity from topically applied drugs. That is why it’s best to consult your doctor when it comes to treating your baby’s skin woes.
How To Keep Your Baby’s Skin Clean And Healthy
Bathe your baby with plain lukewarm water for a short time (around 5-10 mins). Then, apply an unscented simple emollient or lotion. This is advised to keep your baby’s skin healthy. Sometimes, well-meaning parents bathe their babies frequently which may increase the risk of eczema. Always remember that dry skin always itches. So, remember to keep your baby’s skin from drying.
Thank you, Dr. Cricelda Rescober- Valencia for sharing your tips on how to take care of our baby’s skin!
What To Look For in a Product For Babies:
- Be mild and gentle
- Not irritate skin or eyes
- Clinically assessed for lack of allergic potential
- Not disrupt the mildly acidic pH (5.5) of the skin
- Have an established safety profile
Source: Johnson and Johnson
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