Everyone knows that a baby's skin is delicate but some are far more sensitive than others. Genetics tend to play a role in skin conditions, so if Mommy or Daddy has a skin condition, it's likely that baby might get it too. There are some common skin conditions to look out for and things that you can do to help reduce symptoms and adverse reactions. And since the skin is the largest organ and thinnest, it's essential to find ways to combat flare-ups.
Common Skin Conditions In Babies
Miliaria: Miliaria, more widely known as heat rash, is one of the more common skin conditions. A rash can break out exacerbated by heat, leaving small red bumps often on the back and on baby's bottom. Hot weather can make things worse, causing extra perspiration.
Remedy: Dense fabric that doesn’t allow for breathability can make baby perspire more. Moms and Dads, to reduce heat rash breakout, use breathable fabrics for baby. Also, when using creams, go for mild over heavy creams because heavy creams can block sweat glands.
Nappy Rash: Nappy rash tends to happen if a soaked nappy is left on too long. A baby’s skin can also react negatively to synthetic nappies laden with harsh chemicals.
Remedy: That’s why we offer an alternative to conventional nappy brands. Our hypoallergenic nappies + wipes contain no harsh chemicals and made with natural ingredients. And they’re dermatologically tested to prevent the risk of skin irritations and allergic reactions that can lead to nappy rash.
Eczema/Dermatitis: Eczema is also another common skin condition that tends to be dry, itchy patches of skin. Dermatitis is a form of eczema, as there are several types. Atopical dermatitis and eczema are often interchangeable terms that are "used to describe skin inflammation." In toddlers and kids, some common eczema areas are at the crook of the inner arm, inside the elbow area and the back of the knees.
Remedy: The good news is eczema tends to improve with age. Sometimes people have dermatitis their entire lives. Looking into a good eczema cream can help with symptoms and keeping the skin moisturized.
Molluscum Contagiosum: Molluscum is more of a viral infection characterized by little bumps in certain areas like the face, armpits, thighs, and neck. Molluscum is contagious and can quickly spread from skin-to-skin contact.
Remedy: Molluscum often needs to be treated by a dermatologist. Dermatologists will often prescribe Retin-A.
Keratosis Pilaris: Keratosis is a harmless condition that tends to cause little hard bumps usually found on the arms and sometimes on the upper thighs and bottom. The bumps, unlike eczema or molluscum, don't tend to itch.
Remedy: Keratosis often doesn't go away with a solution and tends to be stubborn. It also tends to be genetic. It's a condition where there's a build-up of keratin in the body. A dermatologist might recommend some topical creams. Creams that contain alpha hydroxy acid or salicylic acid are said to help along with exfoliating the affected area.
Cradle Cap: Cradle cap is a form of dermatitis and affects the scalp of a baby's head. This tends to be scaly, crusty scalp. Sometimes symptoms tend to be more on the mild side such as dandruff-like skin flakes. Cradle cap tends to affect babies four to six months.
Remedy: Washing baby’s hair once a day with a mild shampoo helps. Additionally, using a cradle cap brush also helps.
Natural Ingredients = Better For Sensitive Skin
What touches your baby's skin can have profound effects on the health of their skin in addition to the health of their internal organs. After all, it takes 26 seconds for a chemical to be absorbed through the skin. Research the creams you use in addition to making sure you wash anything that comes in contact with baby's skin with baby-safe soap. That usually entails no fragrances. Be sure to see your doctor if your baby has a worrisome skin condition. And trust in Happy Little Camper nappies + wipes made with natural, hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested ingredients that are skin-safe for baby.
Medical Disclaimer: Articles are intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis of patient treatment. Ask a medical professional if you have any health-related questions or concerns.