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Keeping Your Baby’s Skin Soft

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When we have a baby they immediately become the centre of the universe to us. Every second of the day revolves around making sure our little angel is happy, that he is comfortable and that he feels loved. It’s a huge privilege to become a parent and we will do anything we can to make sure our child grows up healthy and as happy as they can be.

 

The term, soft as a baby’s bum, is one which definitely stems from reality and our babies have soft and supple skin throughout their early years, but this isn’t without our help. Babies have very sensitive skin and they are unable to produce oil like we do to keep it lubricated, and this is why we have to take steps to keep their skin soft and supple throughout their first years of life. Here are some of the top remedies you can use this year to keep your baby’s skin soft.

 

Fruit Sap

 

It might sound a little bit strange, but one of the greatest ways you can make your baby’s skin more soft is to feed them fruit juices. Fruit juice contains natural extracts and oils which cleanse the skin and make it soft and smooth. You can start feeding your baby fruit juice from three months onwards and it can be a wonderful supplement to their diet for the skin and general health too.

 

Hot Oil Massage

 

Before we start with this, of course you shouldn’t use HOT oil on your baby because you will risk hurting them, but oil which is warm to the touch is ideal for this next trick. Massaging with hot oils is a practice which shouldn’t be new to you because it has been used for adults for thousands of years to make the skin soft and youthful for much longer in life. It is important to make sure that we massage our baby gently with oil once a week or so to give them those essential oils and allow their skin to soak up the moisture. It will keep your baby from developing a rash or dry patches on their skin.

 


Body Pack

 

The last thing we ever want is for our baby to be in pain, and if you are wondering how to treat your baby’s rash or dry skin, one of the best methods is using a body pack which is chocked up with healthy oils and gentle hydrating chemicals. You can find mild body packs anywhere and place them around your baby, letting it soak in for 15-20 minutes before taking it off and cleaning the skin. If you don’t want to buy a pack you can make one at home with milk, sandalwood paste, oil and turmeric.

 

Lukewarm Water

 

When it comes to giving your baby a bath at the end of the day it can be a challenge to get the temperature of the bath just right so it isn’t too hot or cold for your baby. Make sure you keep the temperature of water fairly low, but not cold, to ensure that your baby’s skin doesn’t dry out and crack with the heat. Baby’s are much more temperature sensitive so be sure to take your time making sure that the bath is the best it can be for your child.

 

Moisturiser

 

As we use in our own skin, it is always helpful to have gentle moisturiser to use in your baby after a shower and at multiple points during the day. As you will know, baby’s skin dries out very quickly so it needs a boost to keep it healthy. Be sure to hydrate it with a sensitive moisturiser such as E45 intense moisturiser or something similar which doesn’t contain any fragrance. Massage the cream into the skin to help it soak in and your baby will be much happier as a result.

 

Sunlight

 

This one might sound a little counterintuitive, but actually, exposure to a small amount of sunlight each day is important for your baby’s health. When we sit in the sun our skin produces vitamin D, and this vitamin is used in the body to repair muscles, keep us healthy and it can improve the skin. Giving your child a small amount of sun exposure each day will ensure that their skin stays soft and supple for longer.

 

Gentle Scrub

 

A simple scrub can be made at home with sugar, olive oil and a drop of honey. If you are able, try to scrub your baby’s skin for a few minutes 2-3 times a week before you bathe them. It will work to cleanse the skin and get rid of any dead skin cells, and it will keep your child’s skin soft and shiny for a long time. It is a great remedy which you can use on yourself too and it is totally natural.

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The Precious Newborn Days and Screening Tests

There is no getting away from how precious our babies are to us. From the moment we see the lines appear on the pregnancy test we are invested in their futures. Every twinge and stretching muscles, every wriggle and set of in utero hiccups is kept a watchful eye on by a team of professionals and ourselves. We pour over countless books about how to have a healthy and relaxing pregnancy, labor and birth and how the early days (now called the fourth trimester) might impact us mentally and physically. Sometimes, in the focus of the pregnancy and childbirth, we actually don’t pay as much attention to the following few days as we maybe should. There are a few checks that will be done on your little one in the days and week after birth, here they are and what they are for:

Immediately following birth:

APGAR score. This test is often done so quickly many post-birth parents won’t even see it being done, but you can ask your midwife if you like. The test is done at one, five and ten minutes post birth. Your baby will have the following things checked:

 

  • Heart rate
  • Breathing
  • Skin Colour
  • Movement
  • Response to stimulation

 

Each of these categories is given a score between zero and two. But what do the ratings mean? Well, between 8-10 means your baby is in excellent condition, 5-7 might need a little help but is in fair condition, and under 5 they might need a little bit of help. Be sure to keep in mind (as tricky as it might be) that even a low score might be rectified in an hour or so, it could be the effects of traumatic birth or a lot of pain relief making the baby sleepy. The test will be repeated as required.

Weight & Height:

When you have had the golden hour of skin to skin, you might find your baby might need to head off to be weighted. This is to make a start on your child’s development charts in their records. Height, weight and head circumference is noted down.

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Standard Screening:

Heel stick test, this is where your babies foot will be pricked to collect some blood samples. You might like to comfort your baby during this process, some babies cry, and others seem too relaxed to care. Work with your midwife or paediatric nurse to make it as stress-free as possible. You are able to ask for extra screening should you feel like you want to, but the standard ones are usually enough to flag up any issues. You will be contacted in a matter of days if you need to have a follow-up.

 

Their hearing will be tested too. The two tests are relatively quick, between 5-10 minutes and non invasive.  In fact, these tests are often performed when your baby is comfortably sleeping.

 

OAE test: Otoacoustic Emissions, this test checks what parts of a baby’s ear are responding to sound. A mini earphone and microphone are placed in the ear, and some sounds are played. A baby with normal hearing with have an echo played back into the ear canal, and the microphone will measure what is returned. If no echo is picked up by the microphone, it can indicate some hearing loss.

 

ABR test: The Auditory Brainstem Response test, this one checks out the brain’s response to sound. During this test, small headphones are placed in the ears, and sounds are played (similar to the first test). Small electrodes are positioned along the baby’s head to detect the responses.

 

(it is essential to protect your child’s hearing as they grow. You should invest in some baby hearing protection early in life. And stick to the 60% volume for a maximum of 60 minutes with headphones as they grow)

 

Pulse Ox: This non-invasive test measures how much oxygen is in the blood. It helps to identify heart issues, by detecting the amount of oxygen that is in the blood. A small sensor is placed on your baby’s skin, and it takes a few minutes to get the result. There will likely be tests at 24 hours old and a few days after you both leave the hospital.

 

You will not need to ask for any of these screenings to be done, they are done for all babies – regardless if you have health insurance or not. The screening test will most likely be on the forms for standard medical procedures that a newborn baby will need after birth. All states require these screenings to be done as it is designed to protect your newborn. All of these tests will be done from moments after birth to within 72 hours maximum.

 

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