What irritates the delicate skin of babies?

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

The skin of babies is extremely soft and delicate. For newborns, and even for older babies, the skin layers are not fully developed - the process of formation of elastin fibers continues for years after birth. That is why baby's skin is often more vulnerable to various infections and irritations. To help you treat them, Oscar offers you useful information on the most common skin problems with babies and ways to deal with them.

Diaper rush

Rashes caused by the widespread use of diapers are common. If the diaper is not changed in time, contact of the baby's skin with the soiled diaper can lead to a rash. The cause of this type of rash can be the diaper itself, if it contains fragrances or chemicals that irritate the skin. The affected area is usually red and painful to the touch. To deal with this type of rash, it is a good idea to hold the baby for as long as possible without diapers so that the affected areas can be exposed to air. When changing diapers, it is important to carefully clean and dry the buttocks, because a humid environment is ideal for the development of fungus. Baby anti-rash creams are also a good way to combat this type of skin irritation.

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Overheating rash

This type of rash occurs for newborns because their sweat glands are still underdeveloped and, as a result, retain moisture and become clogged. Instead of evaporating, sweat remains under the skin, causing rashes and inflammation. The rash usually resembles small reddish pimples on the covered areas - the buttocks and skin folds. The solution to this problem is simple - watch the baby's temperature when you feel that your child is sweaty, dress him with clothes that are made of natural fabric, e.g. cotton and are loose enough. Use a healing cream on the affected areas.

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Crusts on the baby's scalp

The crusts on the baby's scalp are yellowish in color, hard and flaky. They are formed as a result of excessive secretion of sebaceous glands on the baby's scalp or lack of bacteria that regulate the development of the fungus in the body. Crusts are common among babies and usually occur in the first weeks after birth. To remove them, it is good to wash the baby's head with a gentle shampoo, in which case the crusts usually fall off on their own. Apply baby oil on the baby's scalp with light massage movements, let it soften the skin and gently brush the scalp with a comb to remove the crusts.

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