If you're a new parent, the conflicting advice on caring for your child can seem overwhelming.
We just did it! Here are our top tips for washing your baby from Pais' team of sensitive skin (and mothers!) Experts, so that your sensitive skin stays calm and healthy.
Avoid baths (for a few weeks)!
When a baby is born, its skin is 30% thinner and the protective acid mantle that protects the skin from infection is much more alkaline than that of adults, making it more prone to water loss and dryness.
For this reason, midwives advise not to bathe your baby in the first two weeks after birth in order to protect the baby's skin as well as possible in these early days.
Instead, do the upper and tail cleaning with water and cotton or as recommended by your midwife.
Keep it short
Short, rare baths are all the baby needs after these first weeks.
First, only 3-5 minutes are required. Bathing too long and too often can increase the likelihood that the natural skin barrier will be compromised by removing natural oils.
Too warm water increases the activation of histamine and can lead to transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which leads to inflamed and dry skin.
Use your elbow or a thermometer to test whether you are unsure – the ideal temperature should be 37 ℃.
Detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can severely irritate and dry out the skin.
We recommend using our hair and body wash with apple and mallow flowers as soon as the baby is 3 months old.
A little is a long way
The skin is the largest organ in the body and incredibly intelligent!
Be careful not to interfere too much, especially with young skin. A small product is enough, so it is important that you do not use it excessively. Remember that the skin is 30% thinner than that of adults.
Our hair and body wash with apple and mallow flowers comes with a Konjac sponge so that only a drop of product is needed to get the sponge to do the job can!
Bathing is the ideal time to wash your baby's hair and remove the cradle cap that may have accumulated on the baby's scalp. Use a gentle formula that does not irritate eyes and skin.
If your baby or child has dry or difficult skin, do not rub it with a towel after bathing and dab it dry instead to avoid irritation.
This is the best time to apply a cream or to give your child a soothing baby massage.
It also helps keep your bathroom warm during the winter months so the temperature change is not too stressful for babies.