Taking care of your baby’s skin and nails

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Is there anything more lovely than your baby’s beautiful skin? Naturally you want to take care of it in the best way you can. So what do you need to know?

We’ve teamed up with Children’s Panadol to provide you with lots of quick and helpful information covering many aspects of children’s health and development. We hope you’ll find them a great resource as you take care of your family every day.

Skin care for your baby

Your baby’s skin is very sensitive. It is not necessary to use shampoos, powders, oils, baby solutions or baby soaps. Some products may contain perfumes and other ingredients that can irritate your baby’s skin. Simple is best. All you need is water; a lotion containing sorbolene and glycerine or an organic, chemical-free product for dry skin; low irritant baby wipes for cleaning baby’s bottom; and a thick cream containing zinc and castor oil or an organic, chemical free product for protecting baby’s bottom.

Tips for skin care

  • Use a lotion containing sorbolene and glycerine for bathing instead of soap.
  • Wet your baby’s skin with warm water, take a small amount of lotion in your hands and gently massage over baby’s body. Rinse off in the bath and pat dry.
  • If your baby’s skin is especially dry, you may want to apply some sorbolene and glycerine lotion to the dry areas after bathing as well.
  • You might like to take this opportunity to give your baby a soothing massage.

Cutting your baby’s nails

Your baby’s nails are very soft, and grow very quickly. It’s important that parents don’t tear or bite them off as this can lead to infection. Use a pair of round-ended baby scissors or a baby emery board. It’s best to do this with two people present so one can hold the baby while the other trims the nails.

This is an excerpt from The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specifically developed to help parents. It contains a comprehensive collection of practical parenting information and useful tips for your child’s first five years. If you’ve ever wanted a quick guide to refer to in the middle of the night, or to help you decide when it’s time to see a doctor, this is a resource which will help you on your way. You can view it online or download it for free at The First Five Years.

(This is a sponsored post for Children’s Panadol)

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