Oman Health: Tips for first-time parents

27 Jul 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

While we don’t like to state the obvious at Y, we know new parents need all the help they can get. So try out these tips to keep your newborn healthy and happy.

How many new parents are aware of the workload that is about to come crashing down on them?

You know, when your routine goes out of the window after the indescribable joy of nuzzling your first-born close to your chest in the hospital?

When it comes to parenting, there’s no “one-child-fits-all” handbook.

There are times when caring for a little one can be a far cry from the struggles and smiles that make it all worthwhile.

And healthy skin is critical to a baby’s long-term well-being and happiness, and it can have an impact on his or her quality of life.

Caring for a baby’s skin from birth helps avoid skin conditions such as nappy rashes, eczema and other irritations, which are often the source of many sleepless nights.

These simple tips from the baby and child skin care experts at Mustela have been designed to ease your load and will hopefully help to keep your baby healthy and happy.

  • Nappy changing

Changing nappies are obviously a big part of looking after your baby. A soiled nappy is not only uncomfortable but can be a breeding ground for bacteria and skin rashes. Keep some nappy cream to hand to treat any irritations that may arise, and use regularly to prevent future outbreaks.

  • Protecting baby’s skin

A baby’s skin is extremely fragile during the first two years of his or her life, which is when the skin is developing its protective barrier. To help protect and maintain those precious cells that are responsible for a lifetime of healthy skin, Mustela’s baby skin care products are formulated with Avocado Perseose® a patented natural ingredient, which protects the natural cellular richness of the skin. Keep your baby’s skin healthy by moisturising daily with a lotion such as one from Mustela’s four baby lines, which are formulated with natural ingredients to meet the needs of normal, dry, eczema-prone and very sensitive
skin types.

  • Cradle cap

Cradle cap can cause crusty, yellow patches to form on your baby’s head that can be a bit unsettling and unsightly, but with a little extra care they can be eliminated. The key to keeping your baby’s scalp healthy is to prevent cradle cap from the start. Look for a baby shampoo designed for cradle cap that allows you to massage the scalp, and a soft brush to use after bath time to keep your baby’s head clean.

  • Bath time

Bath time is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their baby, even while taking care of necessary business. For some babies, the water can be scary so be sure to use a cheerful, reassuring tone to soothe nerves. Also ensure your baby is well supported. While you may think you need to bathe your baby daily, many doctors recommend bathing 2-3 times a week to keep skin from becoming dehydrated and protect natural moisture levels.

  • Sun protection

Without proper care, harmful sun rays can affect your child’s skin not only now but also in the long-term. Limiting time outside, using sun-blocking shades and applying sunscreen can all help mitigate the risks. Look for sunscreen that is formulated for babies as it can better protect from sun damage without irritating their delicate skin. Consult your doctor before applying to babies aged under six months.

Source: Family Features

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