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What Should You Know About Infant Skin Care?

 What Should You Know About Infant Skin Care?

What Should You Know About Infant Skin Care?


Baby skin is very thin and permeable, and due to its relatively large surface area, potentially harmful substances have a pronounced effect on the baby's body. How and when to bathe a baby ?, What is a diaper rash? Diapers, disposable or reusable? Bezpelenaštvo? some of the questions parents are asking themselves today.

What Should You Know About Infant Skin Care?

"The less - the better!"

Bathing in the tub

Diaper rash

Diapers, disposable or reusable?

Infertility - growing up without diapers?

"The less - the better!"

By now, parents felt the need to provide as much care as possible using different preparations because the ideal is a clean and smelling baby. Due to the vulnerability and immaturity of the skin, newborns are potentially at risk due to the large amount of hygiene and care products used. It may be associated with an increase in the incidence of eczema, asthma and other allergic diseases. Specifically, baby cosmetics often contain numerous chemical compounds that can be potentially harmful. Keep in mind that baby skin is very thin and twice as permeable to water and chemical compounds that are applied to the skin. In addition, the relative skin surface area (ratio of absolute skin surface area to body weight) is 5-7 times higher in infants than in adults, so potentially harmful compounds have a significantly more pronounced effect on the body.

 

It is even more important for premature births not to use chemical care products, at least until the time they were supposed to be born.

 

Bathing in the tub

Bathtub bathing can begin when an umbilical wound heals. We recommend using larger flat bottom tubs as it gives you more freedom and the pleasure of “swimming”. Everything you need to care for your baby should be at your fingertips. Do not move away from the baby, always keep in touch with the baby with one hand. Room temperature around 24 0 and water temperature 37 0C. Most infants do not need hair shampoo during the first year. If necessary because of a lot of hair, mild shampoos should be used that should not contain synthetic fragrances, colors or highly allergenic and irritating preservatives. Generally, bath shampoos are not required during the first year of life, they are harder to remove (rinse) off the skin and require a shower. Baby care soap (but also adult skin) must be neutral or slightly acidic (pH about 5.5) as indicated on the product packaging. Synthetic detergents are a modern alternative to soaps. Peru is as good as soaps, but is advantageous because of its resistance to hard water, lower pH values and better tolerated to the skin, especially those with chronic eczema. Foam baths are not recommended at an early age. Namely, most of these baths contain detergents that destroy the beneficial bacterial flora of the skin and remove the protective acid layer from the skin. They are considered a common cause of vaginitis and inflammation of the infant's urinary tract. In winter, the skin is more prone to dry out, so it is recommended that infants swim less frequently during periods of cold.

 

Olive oil is not recommended as an infant skin care product. Namely, oleic acid from olive oil dissolves bilayer membranes that interconnect dead cells of the superficial layer of skin. Use organic almond oil, if necessary.

 

Diaper rash

It is a common form of skin inflammation (dermatitis). Most infants get it most often at the age of 8-10 months. It is more common in newborns with soybeans (jellyfish - a fungal infection of the oral cavity characterized by white deposits on the tongue and mucous membranes of the oral cavity), infants taking an antibiotic, or after the introduction of supplementation. It also benefits from the introduction of new detergents, tight diapers due to mechanical friction, changing diapers less frequently, and the use of plastic shorts. Sometimes diaper rash occurs as a result of diarrhea. The chairs are fluid and spill over the entire surface of the skin covered by the diaper. As the intestines become irritated with inflammation (usually a viral infection), the acid content of the stomach quickly passes through the digestive tube and the stools remain acidic. Therefore, it is useful to rinse the dirty area with a jet of lukewarm water as soon as possible after emptying the hose, pat dry with a dry towel and leave for a while without a diaper to let the skin radiate. A thicker layer of neutral cream can then be applied to prevent contact of the next stool with irritated skin. As a result of skin damage and stress caused by a decline in immunity, infections in the affected areas are relatively common with fungi and bacteria. In this case, medical attention should be sought. In diarrhea (but also otherwise), the use of wet wipes is not recommended unless it is not possible to wash with water at this point. As a result of skin damage and stress caused by a decline in immunity, infections in the affected areas are relatively common with fungi and bacteria. In this case, medical attention should be sought. In diarrhea (but also otherwise), the use of wet wipes is not recommended unless it is not possible to wash with water at this point. As a result of skin damage and stress caused by a decline in immunity, infections in the affected areas are relatively common with fungi and bacteria. In this case, medical attention should be sought. In diarrhea (but otherwise), the use of wet wipes is not recommended unless it is not possible to wash with water at this point.

 

Diapers, disposable or reusable?

Both have advantages and disadvantages, from the aspect of skin health as well as economic and environmental. The fact is, since mostly disposable diapers are used, we rarely encounter severe diaper dermatitis in which the entire diaper area is painful and resembles a burn. Therefore, especially in the case of diarrhea, it is advisable to use disposable diapers. Normally, you should wash your hands well before and after care!

 

Infertility - growing up without diapers?

In the last ten years, there has been an increasing number of parents practicing infertility in different variants, but this approach is still rare in our midst. What is it about?

 

Diapers are not used in a large number of culturally and economically substantially different environments. The mother is more or less constantly in close contact with the child and it is quite easy to recognize the baby's signals about urinating or defecating. The parent responds to these signals by placing the child in an appropriate emergency position - usually by holding him / her in a sitting position on the forearm above the surface where it is appropriate to place urine and stool. In underdeveloped environments, where emergency is generally done in nature, it is the natural environment or the rain water drainage on the road. In developed environments, it's a toilet bowl or sink. Indeed, unlike children who use diapers, diapers quickly establish emergency control. Diaper use is considered to be a major cause of later control, Often, diapers are used for three years. From an early emotional development standpoint, the parent's awareness of recognizing the child's signals and expressing his or her willingness to provide the child with an adequate response is an undeniable benefit. By doing so, the child learns that the mother understands him and will meet his needs. Biologically, retaining products of great and little necessity on the skin and genitals can only bring trouble. The situation is significantly more favorable in developed western cultures for diaper and non-diaper children, since most households have running water and high hygiene standards. In undeveloped countries, where it is largely absent, intestinal infectious diseases and inflammation of the urinary tract are a major problem.

 

Therefore, in conclusion, this method can be recommended if it is accepted by the parents and the child and if they feel good and free.


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