A Guide to Baby Skin Care

Don't be put off by the title - baby skin care isn't just about looking after the skin of newborn babies.

The tips you'll find here are also relevant if you have older children. When exactly does your child stop being your baby, after all? At 12 months, 18 months or later? If your answer is never, you're in good company!

But that's another topic for another time. For now, let's stick with skin care for children, OK?

The skin protects babies and children from toxins and extremes of temperature, it acts as a barrier against all kinds of nasties and it gives the baby or child a sense of comfort when touched. So you see, it's a very important organ.

Children's skin is also very sensitive and needs to be protected. Your child's skin isn't able to deal with toxins, so it makes sense to protect it from harsh chemicals. You can do this by limiting your child's exposure to chemicals in hair and skin care products.

You also need to protect your child from the damaging rays of the sun.

Contrary to what many advertisers of baby skin care products would have you and I believe, a lot of these products (including big brand names) contain irritating and maybe even toxic chemicals. If you doubt this for a second, just read the labels.

Well I did just that after my son was born. I read - no, studied, the labels on a big-brand baby product (I'll give you a clue - it begins with J) and I thought "no way am I going to put THAT on my baby's skin!"

So I decided to use the herbal skin care products I'd been using myself, and they've worked well for us. For example, an aloe gel helped clear up my son's diaper rash.

You may know this problem as nappy rash.

Babies and young children may develop other skin conditions, like baby acne, eczema, and cradle cap.

Click on any of the topics above for tips on caring for your child's skin. And if there is anything more you'd like to know on the subject, send us an email and we'll see if we can uncover the information you need.

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