Babies & Toddlers skin care in Summers with Mother Nature
The arrival of a baby in our lives brings immense joy. This blissful new arrival eventually calls for special attention in their care and nourishment with an added responsibility of being considerate and vigilant while attending them. Now when it comes to their skin care, there are lots of myths and opinions that conflict each other.
The skin of babies needs a lot of care and attention since it has low lipid content and undergoes a gradual adaption to the external environment during the first year. The baby skin is thin, sensitive and fragile in nature. Hence, it has to be ensured that the baby products are extremely safe, free from, chemicals, non-allergic and different from the composition of adult ones. Use of any harsh and chemical products can end up making the skin drier, prone to allergies and lead to irritation. At times, the unsafe external agents can get absorbed considerably and lead to systemic toxicity.
Now should we really stop using skin products for our little bundles of joy. Obviously, No. So, what do we do and how? Well! Just add an “extra” care in their skin care regime and seek that from our Mother Nature!
With summer already in its peak, heat rashes, insect bites, impetigo, folliculitis, tinea, eczema flare ups are some of the commonest skin issues observed in babies during this time.
There are many natural herbs that provide relief from those skin problems, can be easily included in the skin care regimen and ensure the altogether safety.
Listed below are some of such herbs for our tender and cute little cupcakes:-
Wonder herb in skin care used since ages.
Have anti-inflammatory, cooling and anti-allergic property.
Used in red, inflamed and itchy patches, eczema, diaper rash, heat boils and insect bite.
Can be used as shampoo and for gentle massage.
Mild fragrance and soothing nature make it a preferred choice for massaging babies with sensitivity issues.
Have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent property.
Ease the symptoms of bruise, sting, burn and bite.
Another good option for babies prone to skin rashes.
Useful in treating spasms and flatulence due to anti-colic action of its oil.
Antimicrobial activity assists in healing of wounds.
Calming effects induce good sleep.
Anti-inflammatory property treats mild skin irritations and sunburn including rashes.
One of the best moisturizers.
Have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and cooling property.
Besides skin nourishment, also used in eczema, diaper rash, candida infection, insect bite and heat rash.
Perfect choice for massaging due to thin consistency.
Rich in nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin A, zinc, chromium, silicon, copper, iodine and linoleic acid.
Good for sensitive skin.
Have antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory property.
Easily absorbed and non-sticky in nature.
Useful in healing eczema, cradle cap, diaper rash, inflammation, dry and flaky skin.
Serves as an excellent moisturizing agent.
Colourless and without any likely odour.
High in linoleic acid.
Good source of vitamin E.
Improves skin hydration and is beneficial for wound healing.
Used since ancient times.
Have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral property.
Beneficial in treating infections, warts, eczema, rashes, soreness, scabies, tinea and wounds.
Good moisturizer and also makes the skin supple and soft.
Proves to be favourable in relieving itching and burning sensation arising out of heat rashes.
Now that we know the benefits these potential herbs can offer to our babies; it is equally important to note the following tips and ensure safe and happy summers!
- Loose, comfortable clothing. Cotton is preferable.
- Babies tend to sweat from their hands, feet, neck and head. So, try avoiding socks, caps, mittens and woollen quilts.
- Try to keep the room airy and well ventilated.
- If the temperature soars, the air-conditioner should be kept at a constant and comfortable cooling level.
- Keep a check on hydration by monitoring the urine output and colour. Look for dry mouth, skin and lips, drowsiness and irritability.
- Ensure the surrounding is free from bugs, mites, ants, etc.
Dr Rubbina Shaikh
Dr. Rubbina Shaikh B.A.M.S ( India ) ,P.G.D in clinical research, C II level 1(London) is an Ayurvedic Physician with over 20 Years of Medical Experience. Dr. Rubbina Shaikh B.A.M.S ( India ) ,P.G.D in clinical research, C II level 1(London) is an Ayurvedic Physician with over 20 Years of Medical Experience.