10 Natural Ways To Care For Babys Skin

10 Natural Ways To Care For Babys Skin

The skin on​ your baby is​ very fragile,​ delicate and thin. This means the​ skin is​ very sensitive and can react easily to​ weather temperatures and also irritants. Irritants can come from a​ variety of​ substances but mainly through the​ chemicals contained in​ the​ products you use on​ baby. Avoiding these chemicals can be as​ easy as​ purchasing organic products but here are 10 other alternatives for you to​ try.

1. Unbleached disposable nappies.

The Choice website states: as​ far as​ dioxins are concerned,​ they’re a​ family of​ organochlorins that includes one of​ the​ most toxic chemicals yet made. in​ the​ past,​ dioxin traces were found in​ chlorine-bleached white paper and pulp products,​ including disposable nappies. However,​ nowadays nappies are usually oxygen-bleached (using hydrogen peroxide),​ which forms no dioxin.
However do we​ know what consequences hydrogen peroxide will bring? There are totally unbleached disposable nappies on​ the​ market that ensures your baby does not come into contact with any bleach.

2. Never use talc on​ baby.

Why? Contamination of​ wounds or​ body cavities with talc is​ liable to​ cause granulomas. Inhalation of​ talc can cause respiratory irritation. Prolonged exposure to​ talc may produce pneumocomosis. Talc is​ liable to​ be heavily contaminated with bacteria including Clostridium tetani,​ CL welchii and Bacillus anthracis,​ hence it​ must be sterilized. Mardindale 31 P1096,​ 1745,​ 1407 Organic talcs are usually made with corn flour,​ arrowroot and white clay and are wonderfully safe and very effective for keeping baby's skin dry.

3. Massage oils after bathing.

Avoid mineral based oils as​ they contribute to​ the​ drying of​ the​ skin when absorbed. Instead use natural and organic oils that continue to​ soothe and moisturize baby's skin. Try products that contain sweet almond oil,​ coconut oil,​ sunflower oil and chamomile,​ rose,​ lavender and mandarin essential oils. But remember to​ always do a​ test patch first and watch for any redness or​ irritation. Do not use if​ this occurs! You only need the​ tiniest amount of​ oil to​ massage into your baby's skin,​ less than a​ teaspoon.

4. Natural bottom wipes.

Homemade bottom wipes can be made easily. Cut a​ roll of​ strong paper towel (Viva are great) in​ half. Take out the​ cardboard inner roll. Mix two cups of​ water with ½ cup sweet almond oil and ½ cup of​ organic baby wash. Place one half of​ the​ roll into a​ container and pour over ½ of​ the​ solution. Store in​ container. or​ for just a​ wiping solution try a​ cup of​ cool chamomile tea and a​ teaspoon of​ honey mixed well. Honey is​ a​ natural antiseptic so it​ is​ great for keeping baby's bottom germ free and will help treat existing nappy rash.

5. Soap free washing/bathing.

Newborns can be gently and easily wiped down with rose hydrosol. This is​ distilled water that contains healing and soothing aromatic rose extracts suitable for the​ most sensitive of​ skin types and is​ very economical as​ you only use a​ small amount. Older babies should be washed with organic baby washes as​ adult products tend to​ have harsher ingredients that can irritate baby's skin. Use baby washes sparingly.

6. Washing baby's clothes and Manchester.

Always wash baby's clothes and Manchester before using and wash in​ pure soap flakes or​ a​ gentle skin sensitive washing solution. Do not add water softeners or​ conditioners as​ these can cause skin irritation. Dissolve the​ flakes in​ a​ little warm water before adding to​ the​ washing cycle. Baby's clothes and sheets etc do not need to​ be disinfected,​ just dry in​ the​ sun.

7. Using organic baby lotion.

Organic baby lotions can be used as​ an​ alternative to​ massage oils and help keep baby's skin from drying out.. However baby's skin is​ sensitive so monitor the​ results carefully and discontinue use if​ any sign of​ redness or​ irritation occurs.

8. Sanitizing cloth nappies.

Washing cloth nappies at​ a​ temperature of​ 65 °C or​ hotter and then drying them in​ direct sunlight should eliminate any harmful germs as​ the​ ultraviolet light has a​ sterilizing effect and a​ natural bleaching ability. Natural Nappy Soak: Half fill a​ nappy bucket,​ then add a​ quarter of​ a​ cup of​ bicarbonate of​ soda and swish to​ dissolve,​ add 3 drops of​ lavender essential oil and 3 drops of​ tea tree essential oil. Soak nappies in​ this overnight then wash as​ per normal. Add half a​ cup of​ white vinegar to​ the​ final rinse for softer nappies. Always make sure the​ nappy bucket lid is​ firmly in​ place,​ and always out of​ reach of​ children.

9. Umbilical stump tips.

The umbilical stump must be kept clean and dry until it​ falls off naturally. Fold baby's nappy below the​ stump so it's exposed to​ the​ air and not to​ urine. Avoid bathing your baby in​ a​ bath tub until the​ stump falls off. Try using the​ hydrosol wash mentioned above. Studies have shown that leaving the​ stump to​ dry out naturally is​ the​ quickest method. Do not apply any drying agents as​ they can cause irritations.

10. Cradle cap care.

Cradle cap is​ the​ result of​ overactive glands in​ your baby's scalp and is​ not dangerous. it​ looks like a​ crusty patch of​ skin. This drying has been attributed to​ the​ hormones the​ mother passes to​ her child at​ birth and can continue for several months. the​ gentlest and safest way to​ cure cradle cap is​ to​ wipe the​ area with sweet almond oil,​ leave it​ on​ for about five-ten minutes then wash baby's scalp with an​ organic baby wash or​ shampoo. Do not leave the​ oil on​ the​ scalp as​ this will cause further dryness as​ the​ glands become ‘confused. Organic baby products that are totally safe to​ use on​ your baby are readily available online and through chemists. There really is​ no excuse to​ be using chemicals on​ your baby anymore!

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