Dr Tan Hiok Hee, dermatologist at Thomson Specialist Skin Centre, offers great skincare tips and advice for babies and mums.
Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, so we should definitely take good care of it. A baby’s skin is especially sensitive and must be cared for thoroughly.
It’s not just baby’s skin that needs special care though — mums’ skin needs tender, loving care too! So read on for helpful advice from Dr Tan Hiok Hee, a dermatologist at Thomson Specialist Skin Centre.
Tips for baby skin care
When picking skin care products for baby, look for items that do not contain dyes, phthalates and parabens, or excessive fragrance, as these cause skin irritation for babies.
Remember, whenever you’re in doubt, talk to your doctor.
Common baby skin conditions
Diaper rash occurs when baby’s skin is irritated due to wet or tight diapers that have been worn for too long. Thus, diapers should be changed as soon as they get wet.
If a rash occurs, try to keep your baby’s diaper area exposed — remove the diaper when you’re at home, to allow the rash to heal.
Prickly heat rash
These small pinkish red bumps usually occur on parts of baby’s body that are prone to sweating. To treat it, keep the environment cool and dry, and avoid putting tight-fitting clothes on baby.