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The ABC of babycare: how to look after your little one’s delicate skin

WaterWipes has just launched a new parent-friendly resource on the most common baby skin conditions— full of expert advice on everything from newborn rashes to weaning milk spots. By Denise Smith

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The collection of 26 baby skin-related topics provides parents with practical advice

The collection of 26 baby skin-related topics provides parents with practical advice

The collection of 26 baby skin-related topics provides parents with practical advice

to help support parents, WaterWipes, the world’s purest baby wipes, has launched ABC of baby skin, a new com-prehensive and dermatologist-approved resource to help parents access trusted information as they care for their baby’s delicate skin.

A is for Baby acne

Otherwise know as (erythema toxicum) is a common, skin condition that usually develops on babies’ cheeks, in the first few months of life. The main symptom of baby acne is a red, blotchy rash on your baby’s skin with little, raised spots. Babies usually get spots on their face, often on the cheeks, nose and forehead, but acne can also appear on their body – you might notice spots on your baby’s neck, back or chest. In most cases the acne resolves on its own without treatment.

B is for birthmark

Birthmarks are coloured marks on the skin that are present at birth or soon afterwards. Most are harmless and disappear without treatment, but some may need to be treated depending on the size and position.

C is for cradle cap

Cradle cap is a harmless skin condition that’s very common in babies. It is not itchy or painful and shouldn’t bother your baby at all. It usually clears up on its own, but there are things you can do to make it better. You can also speak to your pharmacist about certain treatments.

D is for dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema triggered by contact with a substance. It usually improves or clears up completely if the substance causing the problem is identified and avoided.

E is for eczema

Baby eczema often appears in the first year, and looks like patches of dry, red, scaly skin that feel quite rough – it causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. It should not be confused with cradle cap. Atopic eczema is the most common type affecting babies, and this tends to flare up in areas such as the crook of the arm or behind the knees.

F is for face scratching

It is normal for babies to scratch their faces, and there are things you can do to try and stop your baby from doing this. They will usually heal by themselves, without any need for medical intervention.

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G is for grazes

As babies start to move around more, it is very normal for them to get grazes and cuts. Most will be minor and can be easily treated at home, but for any concerns please always speak to your GP or health visitor.

H is for hives

Hives cause a raised, itchy rash. They can look red, but this may be less noticeable on brown and black skin. They usually occur when your little one’s body releases histamine in reaction to contact with something external or internal.

I is for Impetigo

Impetigo is a skin infection that’s very contagious but not usually serious. This condition is the most common skin infection among babies and young children and often gets better in seven to ten days if you get treatment.

J is for jaundice

Jaundice is a common and usually harmless condition in newborn babies that causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. It is estimated that 60% of babies develop the condition, including 80% of babies born prematurely.

K is for keratosis

Keratosis pilaris is a very common and harmless condition where small bumps appear on the skin. It can affect people of all ages, so does sometimes affect babies.

L is for lumps

Babies can experience all different types of lumps and bumps. Most will be harmless and nothing to worry about and could be things like a verruca or a wart. These are uncommon in very young babies.

M is for milk spots

Milk spots (milia) are the appearance of tiny, slightly raised, yellowish spots or white bumps on your baby’s face. They are essentially small cysts and are most commonly seen across the nose, chin, cheeks, chest, forehead or around the eyes of a baby.

N is for nappy rash

Nappy rash is the inflammation of baby’s skin around the nappy area, often caused by a nappy rubbing or from prolonged contact with a damp or soiled nappy. Research from WaterWipes revealed that nearly 9 in 10 parents (88%) said their baby experienced it.

O is for oral thrush

Oral thrush is a yeast infection that often appears as white creamy spots or patches that coat your baby’s mouth, tongue and gums. It is harmless and can be easily treated.

P is for premature

If your baby is born prematurely, then you are likely to have to spend some time in hospital with your little one after giving birth. In some cases, pre-term labour is planned and induced because it’s safer for the baby to be born sooner rather than later.

Q is for questions

When you bring your new baby home, you’ll be filled with questions on how to look after your little one.

R is for rash

A rash is an area of irritated or inflamed skin, which can often be bumpy, uncomfortable or itchy. If your baby experiences a rash, you might assume the worse – but, don’t worry most are completely harmless. However, if you notice your little one has a rash that spreads, doesn’t fade when a glass is pressed against it or they have other symptoms (such as a high temperature), you should call 999 or go straight to A&E

S is for sensitive skin

Sensitive skin in babies is common; as newborn’s skin is much thinner than that of an adult. It can therefore lose moisture more quickly, making it prone to dryness. Treating or managing your baby’s sensitive skin typically involves finding and eliminating any triggers or irritants. Try keeping a journal and noting down when flare ups occur.

T is for teething rash

During teething, many babies experience discomfort. Teething usually starts at around six to 12 months old and by three years old your little one should have all their milk teeth. Although some babies are born with teeth. All babies are different, so don’t be alarmed if your baby is early or later than others.

U is for umbilical cord care

A baby will still have their umbilical cord stump for the first few days or weeks, and it will take about a week for it to dry out and drop off. Don’t worry if it falls off before or takes a little longer – all babies are different.

V is for vitiligo

Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition that causes patches of skin to lose their colour. It’s caused by a lack of melanin and can affect any part of the body. However, it is most common on the face, hand, genitals and chest. It can also cause the hair or eyelashes to turn white or grey.

W is for wipes

As a parent you’ll be using a lot of wipes when cleansing your babies’ delicate skin. Wipes can be used for all manner of things, including wiping their face, wiping up any mess, cleaning their hands and for wiping their bottoms when changing. WaterWipes have minimal ingredients and are perfect for use on babies’ sensitive skin.

X is for expert advice

When you have a newborn, it can be overwhelming, and you may feel slightly isolated or alone. It takes a village to raise a child, and there are a variety of experts and healthcare professionals you can call upon for help and support.

Y is for yum

Weaning is an exciting and important stage in your baby’s development. Introducing your baby to solid foods, starts when your baby is around six months old – be prepared, it can get a little bit messy!

Z is for zzzz

There are things you can do to help your little one sleep at night, including ensuring their skin can breathe. Remember, every baby is different – and what might work for one baby, won’t necessarily work for another.

All content is validated by consultant dermatologist, Dr. Alexis Granite, to provide parents with medically accurate and robust guidance on how to look after their babies’ skin, no matter how sensitive it might be. Parents can access the resource at abc.waterwipes.com.

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