As your baby gets older, they’ll become more active, and chances are you'll be right behind them with a washcloth, trying to keep them clean. As you wash your baby more often, you'll need to make sure their skin stays moisturised to help keep it looking healthy.
Recent studies have shed light on the vast differences between adult and baby skin. Baby skin is more "active" than adult skin — it's constantly developing at a rapid pace. It's more vulnerable to irritants, changes in temperature and changes in humidity. Therefore, you need to protect your baby's skin against environmental changes and harsh cleansers. You'll also need to make sure their skin is properly moisturised to maintain a healthy barrier against bacteria and other infections.
Use a Moisturising Cleanser
As you find yourself washing your baby’s face and hands more frequently, now's a good time to transition to a cleanser that contains moisturising ingredients while gently cleaning their skin. JOHNSON’S® baby milk bath and rice helps leaves skin smooth and soft. Keep an extra bottle in the nappy bag for whenever you're on the go.
Keep Your Baby’s Skin Hydrated
Always use a moisturiser after washing your baby. In a clinical study, 90 percent of mothers surveyed believed that their baby's skin was not dry, when in fact, more than 60 percent of these babies had clinical signs of dryness!
Your baby's skin absorbs water rapidly, but it loses it just as rapidly. That's why regularly moisturising your baby's skin is a good way to protect against dryness. JOHNSON'S® baby lotion is clinically proven to be gentle and mild as it moisturises, softens and helps protect your baby's skin from dryness.
Massaging Your Baby
A nice way to monitor the health of your baby's skin is through massage. It gives you an opportunity to go over the entire surface and to check for dryness or chafing. But that's not the only benefit: as your baby grows and undergoes developmental changes, massage can help ease transitions. It provides many emotional and physical benefits for your growing baby to:
- Calm them when they’re fretful — massage has been shown to reduce the circulation of the stress hormone cortisol in the bloodstream
- Increase their sense of well-being — massage has been shown to stimulate endorphins, which can lift your baby's mood
- Ease gas and constipation — stroking their tummy can help disperse air
- Release tension caused by, for example, teething
- Relax their arm and leg muscles
- And of course, to help your baby develop a close and trusting relationship with you
Your baby's skin will change rapidly throughout their growing years. It's very different from yours — it needs extra protection to keep it clean, and healthy. Remember, healthy skin is not just an aesthetic nicety. Healthy skin forms a barrier against bacteria and other infections.
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