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One of the sure shot ways to identify a new Mom is – apart from the fatigue and puffy eyes due to lack of sleep - you cannot fail to notice that she is constantly looking for some information related to her baby. Either through Google or whatsapp with friends, asking other experienced Mums around, consulting the pediatrician. Is he sleeping enough? Why is he making potty so often or is he making it less number of times? Is he fed enough? Is she colic? Is that reddening of skin something I need to worry about?
Babies have a sensitive skin - we all know that and that’s why it’s important to be careful of any creams or homemade paste we use on their skin. Though I am an adult, my skin is sensitive as well, and until a few years I would always end up with some kind of allergy or a rash. After my baby’s birth, I on my part have made sure that I am careful with regard to her skin.
For the first few days I avoided using any external products on her skin. Read a couple of articles that indicated baby's skin are extra sensitive and they are susceptible to atopic dermatitis - it is a skin allergy that makes the skin red and itchy.
After a few days, given the cold and dry weather in Bangalore I decided to use some cream for my baby. I started off cautiously and applied it only on a small portion of her hand and observed if any adverse reaction for a few days. Once I was satisfied that it suits her skin, I started using it. I faced a scary experience of seeing some dots on her skin a few days later- and I immediately stopped using the cream. It somehow looked like the cream wasn’t working well with her skin. Within a few days her skin was back to normal. I then tried a different cream, in a similar way as the old - using it only on a small portion for a few days. This time, no nasty surprises though - it went well with her.
Not just the cream, but we use a variety of products on babies - like the massage oil, some use talcum powder, some use homemade items like turmeric mixed with milk cream, or gram flour (“besan”) which they believe lightens the skin tone. It's important to be cautious when using these on babies- a few words of caution from a new Mum:
These tips helped me ensure my baby’s skin is well taken care of:
Do share your tips as well!