JMG Skin Care (New born)
Researches say our bodies begin to show signs aging in our twenties but I am of the opinion we start aging as soon as we are out the womb. Skin care should start with mothers implementing a skincare routine for their newborns and should extend for years until that child is able to care for his/herself.
After your baby is able to take a full bath which should happen within three weeks of birth. Some babies are born with naturally soft and plum skin while some have dry scaly skin.
For newborns with normal skin; give a mild temperature bath be sure to use a very mild body wash and if you do use soap add a small amount of mineral oil to the water. For skin, moisture is key and soap contains lye which dries out the skin.
Do not keep your new born in the water beyond 7 minutes. After bath place the infant on a towel and use a dry but soft wash-cloth to dry under the neck , behind the knees , under the arms and any creases other on the body.Petroleum /argan oil/olive oil /mineral oil or emu oil should be used for your baby’s skin . Apply oils while the baby’s skin is damp and if you choose to use petroleum pat your infant’s skin dry not only the creases.
If your newborn’s skin is scaly, give a bath where the water is warm to touch. Use your finger-tips to apply a small amount of mineral oil directly to the baby’s skin before lathering. (Be sure to use liquid soap instead of bar soap) . In a few weeks ,your baby’s skin will become subtle with a lot more more moisture . Do not change the routine.
With the skin being the largest organ, it is important pay close attention to the things your baby eats. Some babies have baby eczema which disappears quicker when their diet is changed. Dairy products should be avoided, dairy milk should be substituted with rice milk /almond milk/ or lactose free milk. Eczema gets very dry and itchy, moisture is key. Keep your infant’s body moist and hydrated with timely feedings and introduce water to their diet as soon as possible.