How to care for your baby’s dry skin
Based on a study conducted by NIELSEN, about 5 out of 10 Filipino children have experienced dryness and irritation on their body¹. It is a common skin condition but there is no reason to worry if you see the signs of dryness; dry skin isn’t a big issue for most babies as long as their skin is comfortable and managing your child’s skin effectively now can help prevent dry skin worsening in the future.
Skin is slightly rough
If your baby has dry skin, it could feel slightly rough and faint scaling could appear. Skin could also have a dull, and in some cases, whitish appearance. Apply a moisturising lotion daily to help replenish moisture and provide long-term protection for your baby’s skin barrier.
Your baby’s dry skin might not currently be causing any discomfort but it may become itchy and irritated. If your little one’s skin is itchy, their sleep – and yours – may be disrupted, so apply moisturising lotion before bed to help keep them comfortable. Putting mittens on your child’s hands is an effective way to stop them scratching in the night and damaging their skin.
Keep them comfortable at bath time
Use a soap free cleanser and keep bath time no longer than 10-15 minutes. Avoid rubbing their delicate skin as this can irritate it and cause further dryness. After their bath, gently pat skin dry with a cotton towel.
Skin may peel
While peeling skin can be a sign of dryness, some newborn skin peels naturally, especially if they’re born a little late. In time, this skin will come off to reveal healthy, soft skin underneath, so it’s best left to renew by itself. Moisturise your baby’s face, arms, legs, hands and feet with a gentle moisturising lotion after bath time and before getting dressed in the morning to help nourish and soften skin.
The Oilatum® Soothe & Protect range has been specially formulated to meet the needs of your baby’s dry skin. The range includes a lotion that gently and effectively soothes skin whilst keeping it protected from further dryness and three wash products developed to help reduce the occurrence of dry, itchy, and irritated skin.