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Where to learn how to look after my child's skin?

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JamesAlexsDaddy Tue 24-Oct-17 13:45:59


As a new Daddy to Alex of 5 weeks. I used to worked in the skincare industry for adults and I'm painfully aware of how chemical / synthetic some skincare products can be.

Personally, I've found specific skincare advice for parents and children to be thin on the ground in pre-birth classes.., understandably feeding, nappy changing, etc are more urgent priorities.

Where would people recommend going to learn how to look after my babies skin - the basics, do's / don'ts, natural remedies, tips and tricks?

Any great resources around?

James, Alex's Daddy

arbrighton Tue 24-Oct-17 13:55:19

Or just avoid using anything? Water works pretty well.
Wipes later on for convenience

Advice we had was basically don't use anything

TabbyTurmoil Tue 24-Oct-17 13:58:18

I wouldn't use anything on a 5 week old unless you need to.

Changerofname987654321 Tue 24-Oct-17 14:01:07

Water only cleaning. Top and tail daily. Bath twice a week. I like bepanthem nappy cream.

Organic sunflower oil if you are doing baby massage.

MusicToMyEars800 Tue 24-Oct-17 14:02:36

I didn't use anything on my DD's at that age, My first DD had quite dry skin (she was born a week late) and she had quite bad cradle cap, for both of these I used extra virgin olive oil, it worked very well and was gentle on her skin.

Didn't use wipes until they were both a lot older, used cotton wool and water instead.

MusicToMyEars800 Tue 24-Oct-17 14:03:29

Oh and agree for nappy rash bepanthem cream is very good.

JamesAlexsDaddy Tue 24-Oct-17 14:06:10

thanks, i'm definitely pro- minimalist on the care front, just when he's caked in mess I'd usually like to get him properly clean. He also has dry skin / eczema, and like to make bath time into a relaxing routine for him with a gentle baby massage...

I'm not in any rush to put things on Alex that we don't need to, but equally I´d love to know if anyone has any resources they recommend for learning best practice on this front?

MusicToMyEars800 Tue 24-Oct-17 14:19:46

My eldest DD has Eczema, It has died down a lot now she's older, but if she does have a flare up Oilatum is good for the bath.

For times when she doesn't have any eczema I use this.¶m=kids+bath&parentContainer=SEARCHkids+bath

TabbyTurmoil Wed 25-Oct-17 08:50:05

The "resource" for this kind of stuff is your health visitor. You only need water to clean off poo.

JamesFirstTimeDaddy Wed 25-Oct-17 09:21:49

Thanks for sharing, really helpful. As a Brit living outside the UK we don't have a health visitor... hence me asking. Sounds like one would be handy! Appreciate the pointers. Cheers!

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