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Skin care

Baby’s have very sensitive skin. It’s not necessary for you to use shampoos, powders, oils, baby wipes soaps etc. All you need for your baby to be clean and have healthy skin is;

* Water

* Sorbolene and glycerine cream

* Zinc and castor oil cream for nappy changes


Use sorbolene and glycerine for bathing, instead of soap. You can also use sorbolene for yourself instead of using soaps and shower gels.


Common skin problems in babies and young children include:
*Eczema

*Cradle Cap

*Nappy-Rash

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Preventing Nappy Rash

To avoid nappy rashes change your baby’s nappy as soon as you notice it is wet or soiled. Use nappy rash treatment cream to avoid possible nappy rashes. You can use cornstarch powder to absorb moisture, but you will notice when you change the nappy the next time it will be clogged in the crotch.

Clean boys from front to back without pulling back the foreskin. Do make sure that you dry the area well, especially between the folds of skin.


Girls should be cleaned from front to back too with cotton balls and some lotion or baby soap. A popular cleaning solution is to use baby wipes, which saves you time especially when you’re on the go.

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Cradle Cap

A cradle cap looks like a very bad case of dandruff. It is a build up of natural oils and dry scaly skin, which can form a yellowish brown crust on baby’s head, eyebrows or behind the ears. It can also appear on the nappy area. It may not be a good sight for you to see your baby with a cradle cap, but there’s nothing to worry about as it is quite common.

Cradle cap is thought to be result of hormonal changes which stimulate secretions from the oil glands in the skin. It usually disappears within a few days using natural treatment, but still can recur.
What to do about it?


* To remove the crusts, massage sorbolene cream or mild baby oil into the affected area 2-3 time daily.



* Leave it on overnight, and wash off at bathtime the next day with a special hypoallergenic shampoo such as Infaderm. Some doctors’ recommend leaving it on for 20 minutes.



* Massage the scalp with a facewasher, soft baby toothbrush or baby brush to lift off the crusts. DO NOT use your nails to pick off the crusts.



* Repeat this procedure everyday until it clears.


How to prevent it?

Wash and massage your baby’s scalp and gently brush their head (even if they don’t have hair) every day.

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Eczema

Eczema is a skin irritation that appears as patches of dry, red scaly skin which may become moist. It usually appears on baby’s face, behind the ears, around their neck, behind their knees and on the inside of elbows.

Eczema can aggravate for the following causes:

* Could be in your family history
* Certain foods can provoke attacks in infants
* Rough, scratchy tight clothes, woollens and synthetics
* Everyday use of strong soaps for bathing
* Frequent use of strong detergents for washing clothes
* Perfumed cream an lotions
* Dust (keep your house and carpet clean)
* Overheating.

What to do about it?


* Your baby’s skin is very sensitive, so dress baby in soft, light, loose and smooth cotton clothes, but make sure you don’t overdress her.



* Bath your baby in lukewarm water and avoid soaps and cleansing lotions. Use sorbolene for bathtime and nappy changes.



* Put mittens on baby’s hands to stop them from scratching



* Avoid using fabric softeners or wool mix; just use pure soap to wash bab ‎y’s clothes.



* Place a cotton sheet on the floor before you put baby down, do not put her on the carpet. Also vacuum the house regularly.



* Avoid dairy foods, eggs, fish, wheat, peanuts and citrus fruit.

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