Safe Skin

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Bathe your baby every other day with lukewarm water.

Clean your newborn’s bottom with a fresh, damp cloth instead of baby wipes.

For diaper rash, Ronna Schneider, M.D., owner of Suburban Pediatric Associates, recommends applying a barrier layer of diaper cream. Then the next soiling won’t cause more irritation.

Pat your baby dry after a bath. Apply cream or ointment (not baby oil) to seal in moisture, Schneider says.

Choose natural products with few ingredients, preferably hypoallergenic and dye- and fragrance-free, monitoring skin for reactions.

No sunscreen or direct sun for the first six months.

Use hats for older babies, and apply a PABA-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Early sun damage is linked to skin cancer; take care so that your little one’s precious skin lasts a lifetime.

Originally published in Baby Guide 2014

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