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Extreme pain as if a thousand elephants stomped me, I was almost sure that I couldn’t bear it any longer and I would pass; and a bleak cry shook me suddenly only to tell that pain was special and it was not one but two lives that were born then. My gynaecologist announced that it was a girl. Tired and exhausted, I smiled with tears flowing down my cheek . A moment later, there was this tender tiny being on my chest, the first touch was special – I couldn’t hug her though, my hands were still tied to the sides. I was carrying her for nine months but this connection was ecstatic. She touched me with her pink tender skin. And since then she was my priority and that tender delicate skin sought all my attention.
Unlike our skin, hers was super delicate, super thin and super soft and that which needs extreme care. It was extremely tough for us to stop people from touching her. Everyone – relatives and friends were super excited to take her in their arms and hug her and kiss her. O wait – really. Could I just tell you on your face that her skin was too tender for all your explicit love? It was kinda tough because they wouldn’t understand. And those hands that wanted to carry her during hospital visit – “Please use sanitizer, get your hand clean and then proceed “I so wanted to put a board there as I was tired of telling people. We somehow made sure everyone followed the protocol, some understood, some showed faces, not that we cared – all I cared was about my little one’s sensitive skin that needed to be protected.
Few days and we were back to my mom’s house and “picture abhi baaki hai” – the hospital visits were only 10% of the total visits. We had at least a dozen visitors each day and strict protocols were put in place:
In spite of this, she did get those red rashes on her face and I am yet to find the kisser culprit.
We also had to take extra care washing her clothes - we avoided usual detergents and Dettol and used baby cloth detergents – more natural with no chemicals.
Ants and mosquitos played their part in bringing more panic. They refused to understand that my angel was so little and they were not supposed to harm her. They had to bite her and those small red spots on her leg and hands due to these bites brought tears in my eyes. How cruel those insects were? Damn. And I couldn’t use mosquito mat or hit to keep them away which turned the situation to shoo them away even more challenging. Neem leaves, mosquito bats, mosquito net, anything and everything possible was done to keep these heartless insects away from my innocent angel.
Few things that I learnt in the process of protecting my child’s skin that I would want to share are here:
I think I pretty much shared all I could recollect to pamper my little one’s skin and protect it as much as possible. Hope it helped.
The video below also might help you with a few tips . Happy parenting :)
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