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What does sensitive skin look like?
Sensitive skin occurs when the natural skin barrier becomes damaged, allowing moisture to escape from the skin. When the moisture escapes, the skin becomes dry, which leaves it vulnerable to irritants. These irritants then inflame the skin, which can make it tender and itchy.
If your baby has recurring experiences of rashes, or if you notice their skin getting irritated by certain soaps, lotions, detergents, frequent bathing or temperature changes, they might have sensitive skin. This is nothing to worry about, and just means you may need to take some precautions to keep their skin healthy.
What does dry skin look like?
Whether you are one or seventy-one, dry skin looks the same: itchy, stretchy, flaky, and in need of some nourishing moisture! And because it’s super sensitive, baby skin is even more likely to dry out.
It’s quite common for babies to experience dry skin throughout the year. In winter, it’s caused by a mix of cold, dry outdoor air and overheated interiors taking away the natural moisture of baby’s skin. In summer, it’s due to things like sun, salt water, chlorine in pools and air conditioning.
What is nappy rash?
Nappy rash occurs when the skin around the baby's nappy area becomes irritated. This is often caused by prolonged exposure to wee or poo and irritation from the nappy rubbing against skin.
It's easy to spot – you'll notice that the skin around the nappy is red and inflamed, mostly around the bum and legs. It's also extremely common, with up to a third of babies and toddlers experiencing nappy rash at some point. Nappy rash can sometimes cause discomfort and distress, but it's usually nothing to worry about. However, if the rash persists longer than 3 days, it's worth checking with your GP.
Top tips for your Newborn
Most newborns have sensitive skin, the first layer of skin is thin, it takes a while to mature and build up its own barrier. When changing your baby's nappy use gentle, alcohol and fragrance-free products on their skin like Huggies® Newborn Wipes along with a light delicate touch for that special bonding moment.
Treating your little ones sensitive skin
Your baby is no longer a newborn, so their skin sensitivity may have changed. If you feel like your baby's skin is still sensitive then it's best to continue using gentle products with as little added ingredients as possible. Keep a eye out for any changes and monitor how your baby's skin reacts to different products.
Tips for your baby's sensitive skin
Your baby is getting more active everyday. It is probably difficult to keep them still when changing their nappy so it's a great idea to make nappy time as fun as possible. Try massaging your baby and singing nursery rhymes to keep them engaged. Their skin sensitivity will have reduced as they have built up more natural protection but continue to use gentle alcohol and fragrance free products on any sensitive areas.
Sensitive skin beyond the first year
Now your little one's first year has passed your nappy changing technique has probably evolved quite significantly. It's a great time for eye contact and teaching them new words by demonstrating sounds with your mouth. If you spot some changes to baby's skin and find they experience sensitivity in a few new areas using gentle products during change time can help keep baby calm.
Top tips for your Newborn
It is normal for babies to have dry skin in the first few weeks of life. If the dryness persists, when changing your baby's nappy use gentle and natural products on their skin and give lots of cuddle to keep them comfortable. Not only will this help protect you're baby's skin, they'll also love the bonding time with you!
Treating yoru little ones dry skin
Your baby is no longer a newborn, so the initial dry or peeling skin may have reduced. However if you feel like your baby's skin is dry then use naturally moisturising products to help nourish their skin and try massaging them with a natural sunflower oil. Your baby will really enjoy this interaction and it makes nappy time a great time for bonding.
Tips for your baby's dry skin
Your baby is getting more active everyday. It is probably difficult to keep them still when changing their nappy. It's a great idea to make nappy time as fun as possible. If their skin is dry, a massage with natural oils will help to nourish the skin and singing nursery rhymes will keep them engaged for a calm nappy change.
Dry skin beyond the first year
As your baby grows your nappy changing technique will have evolved quite significantly and you may find dry skin can flare up in some areas. Keeping them distracted with toys or songs, will help as nappy changes can be a great time to for eye contact and teaching them new words. Adding naturally moisturising products to their change routine can help nourish their skin, along with your loving touch.
Top tips for your newborn
For small, less active babies try some nappy-free time, obviously just prepare yourself for the mess. Alternatively try changing your baby's nappy more regularly, so there is as little contact as possible between your baby's skin and pee and poo.
Treating your little ones nappy rash
For nappy rash, nappy-free time is great, however your baby may be quite active now so this option might just be too messy. Alternatively try changing your baby's nappy more regularly, and use a thin layer of barrier cream at nappy change time to help too. Talking to your baby, giving them cuddles as you go will also help to reassure them if they feel uncomfortable.
Tips for your baby's nappy rash
Now your baby is getting more active everyday keeping them still during an uncomfortable nappy change can be challenging. Change your baby's nappy regularly, telling them what you are going to do before you begin to keep them comfortable. Give lots of cuddles and use a thin layer of barrier cream and gentle products to help soothe their skin.
Nappy rash beyond the first year
Your regular nappy changing technique has probably evolved significantly but as they grow nappy rash can cause its challenges. They are moving more than ever so singing songs together during nappy time can soothe them. Use eye contact and talk them through the nappy change to ensure there are calm and comfortable. And try changing them as much as possible if nappy free time isn’t a viable option. Using a thin layer of barrier cream at nappy change time can help too.