Newborns and infants (up to about 4 years of age) have very thin and fragile skin. Exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as the cold and sun, can lead to various skin reactions in small children, including irritations and redness. Therefore, it is important that parents stay away from harsh adult skincare products and opt for gentle natural products on a daily basis to care for their newborn.
The most common skin issues with newborns
Moisturizing is the top skincare priority for newborns. However, some conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis of the newborn, diaper rash, and rashes, may need extra care.
Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp or “cradle cap”
Seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as “cradle cap,” appears as thick yellowish crusts on the newborn's head 3 to 4 weeks after birth. This condition, which can cover the scalp down to the eyebrows, is harmless and does not cause irritation. Dermatitis can be caused by excess oil secretions (sebum), excess sweating or shampoo residue.
To treat cradle cap, lather a very gentle and odourless soap on the crusts and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes to soften the area. The crusts will then be easier to remove with a fine-toothed comb. If the condition persists, apply pure emu oil and massage gently. Let sit for a few hours before gently combing through the crusts with a fine-toothed comb. The moisturizing power of emu oil will help soften the yellowish crusts and hydrate your baby's delicate skin. If you are breastfeeding, you could collect some of your breast milk and apply it to the crusts. You will then be able to remove them more easily by pinching them and using a fine-toothed comb. Seborrheic dermatitis generally evolves over several months and tends to disappear around the age of 2.
Emu oil and caring for newborns
The many skin challenges that children may face can make parents anxious when choosing skincare. Whether it is for the treatment of cradle cap, diaper rash or other rashes such as chickenpox or eczema, pure emu oil is an all-natural product with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It penetrates deep into the skin to moisturize and soothe itching. Emu oil is also known to effectively regenerate and heal the skin. It is hypoallergenic and has no side effects. What's more, emu oil can be used beyond skincare. For example, it can help reduce gum pain during teething or help heal slight injuries.
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