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Effective Baby Care Tips, Parents Must Know

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Babies have skin ten times softer than ours. So naturally, they need more care. Baby’s skin is sensitive and extremely gentle, which is why regular products cannot be used on them. Babycare brands formulate products using the most delicate, gentle and handpicked ingredients that cater to the needs of babies. Keeping your baby well-groomed not only adds to their charm but is also an essential part of their health and hygiene. Here are some ways to keep your baby’s skin soft, supple, gentle and moisturized all day long:

  • Massage your baby

There is nothing better than an old-school firm massage for your baby. Be it with baby oil or baby lotion, massaging the products ensures that it penetrates deep within the layers of the skin, keeping it hydrated and moisturized from within. It is a great way to gain mobility faster by strengthening the muscles and bones and is required not only for the baby’s growing body but for healthy hair too. Besides moisturizing the skin and strengthening muscles, regular massaging of the baby will also improve circulation and comfort the baby. 

It is important to educate parents that after birth 1st stools should be passed within 24 hours and baby should pass 1st urine within 48 hours. If any delay should be brought to notice of Pediatrician.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD
  • Bathing your baby

Bathing the baby daily will ensure complete hygiene. You can start your baby’s day by giving him a nice bubble bath and cleaning him off the pee and poop gently. Generally, baby products are tear-free, non-toxic and leave the baby’s skin soft and smooth. Using mild baby bathing products will gently cleanse, moisturize and nourish their delicate skin without stripping their natural body oils. Baby shampoo from various brands like MamaEarth and Johnson’s Baby gently helps get rid of dirt and grime from your baby’s body as well as hair.

  • Skin to skin contact with mom

 Feeling, hearing and smelling your presence should provide your baby with a sense of calm and security.

  • Nourish your baby’s face

Although every part of the baby’s body requires intensive care and moisture, the baby’s facial skin is super sensitive as compared to the rest of the body. While investing in a good facial moisturizer for the baby, make sure it is free from parabens, sulphates, formaldehyde and fragrances. These gentle, multi-purpose, skin-protecting, and hydrating face creams should be put on your baby’s face post-bath or when you clean their face. It helps the skin retain moisture and keep all the hydration locked in.

Adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood is essential to ensure the growth, health, and development of children to their full potential, it helps to stay healthy and imbibing good eating habits right from childhood.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.
  • Use baby wipes

Babies can often make a mess when it comes to feeding them. Always keep baby wipes in handy to clean them off. These can keep your baby clean without making the skin too dry. Baby wipes have zero alcohol and come super handy while changing a diaper as well. With these little wipes by your side, show your love and promise your little bundle of joy, the utmost care. 

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  • Wash your hands 

Baby’s skin is super delicate and prone to get infections and rashes easily. Before massaging, moisturizing or oiling your baby, always make it a point to wash your hands thoroughly. Babies have a weak immune system yet to build up, so make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.

Also Read: Can You Get Herpes from Kissing? Demystifying Common Health Myths

  • Respiratory Etiquettes
    Do not sneeze or cough near the baby. Visitors should avoid very close contact or kissing the baby’s face. 
  •  Breastfeeding is important

 Breast Milk is the only essential nutrition your baby will require for the first 6 months. Solids and semi-solids can be introduced after 6 months while breastfeeding can continue for up to 2 years. Do not start any top feed without talking to your doctor. For mothers who cannot breastfeed, doctors will recommend a suitable dose and type of formula feed to keep up with the nutritional requirements of the baby. Do not forget to help them burp after a sufficient amount of feed.

  • Vaccination

Talk to your baby’s doctor and set reminders about all the mandatory vaccinations that your baby requires. Maintain the immunization card (usually provided by hospitals) to keep a record of all vaccines that your baby has received.

  •  Handle with care

Newborns require extra care and need to be held with adequate support on the neck and head. Till your child learns neck holding- be careful about neck support while holding the baby. Never shake the baby vigorously or lift up in the air at this stage.

Even though you may feel anxious about handling a newborn, in a few short weeks you’ll develop a routine and be parenting like a pro. If you have questions or concerns, ask your doctor to recommend resources that can help you and your baby grow together. By keeping these points in mind, you will be able to take care of your baby better.

Read More – Things To Keep In Mind Before Planning Pregnancy

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