Taking Care of Child’s Skin
Taking care of child’s skin is extremely important to ensure it remains healthy and beautiful in the future. To keep your baby’s skin clean and soft, treat it with care. Look for very gentle soaps, cleansers and moisturizers that promise not to irritate your little one’s sensitive skin. Avoid anti-bacterial soaps because they can irritate baby skin.
You can give your baby a bath in a tub, or as she grows, under a tap in the bathroom. Don’t let your child play with water for longer than thirty minutes. Too much soaking can remove the skin’s natural oils along with the dirt. Be gentle when toweling your child dry. Don’t rub her hard but rather dab all over with the towel.
Keeping the room at a comfortable temperature, apply a good baby moisturizer on your child’ s body and massage it gently into the skin. After a few minutes, apply talc and dress her.
Body check before a bath:
Before a bath, always check your child’s skin for ticks, warts or boils. Take her to the doctor when necessary.
Protect from the sun:
Small children need protection from the sun. Use non irritating sunscreens on your baby’s exposed skin to prevent sunburn. Test products before buying (use a tester to feel if your skin burns). Keep your baby in the shade, away from the harsh glare of the summer sun. Dress your baby in cool cotton fabrics in the summer. However, consult the doctor before using any sunscreens.
The role of good nutrition:
Good nutrition is extremely important for healthy skin. The inner layer of the skin, dermis holds the main blood vessels and gives the body padding. It is mainly made up of connective tissue which is mostly made up of the protein collagen. Vitamin C is essential in the production of this collagen. The protein Keratin is a major component of skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A is crucial in helping to control the rate of keratin accumulation in the skin. So a diet rich in Vitamin A can help to maintain a healthy skin. The health of the skin also depends on sufficient zinc which is needed for the production of new sets of skin cells. Lack of zinc leads to stretch marks (may be not in babies) , poor healing and a wide variety of skin problems that could break out later.
So feed your child plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and water. In particular, give your child plenty of anti-oxidents everyday like red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables. Sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, water-melon, berries and grapes are very good. Green foods like lettuce, spinach, broccoli; seed foods like peas; whole grains, Fresh nuts, seeds and their oils ; onion and garlic are good for the general health of your child’s body. They also help in keeping her skin soft and supple.