The first time I ever saw a red, bumpy rash spreading across my tiny baby’s delicate skin, I’ll admit I freaked out a bit. “Is it chickenpox? Maybe it’s measles – he’s too little to have been vaccinated! Fifth disease? Scarlet fever? Impetigo? Oh my god, doesn’t meningitis come with a rash too?” (Helpful hint: DO NOT try to diagnose your child’s rash by Googling – all it’ll do is convince you that it’s something absolutely terrible!) After a return phone call from the pediatrician’s after hours phone nurse, it was determined that my baby simply had sensitive skin, and the rash was likely caused by exposure to some sort of allergen, most likely in our laundry detergent.
That made sense – after all, his daddy has sensitive skin too. But this was my fourth child, and none of the other boys had ever broken out like that, so it scared me. But as it turns out, my two youngest babies (currently 3 years old and 6 months old) inherited sensitive skin from their daddy – and the red, itchy, bumpy rashes to accompany that sensitivity.
So what do you do if your little one has sensitive skin? Dr. Dyan Hes has shared some tips to help protect your baby’s sensitive skin during the spring allergy season.
- Warmer weather means more outdoor time, so you want to make sure you protect your baby’s delicate skin from the sun. If your baby is under 6 months old, keep him out of direct sunlight (I feel like I’m listing off the rules Billy was given for his pet mogwai Gizmo in the movie Gremlins!) and dress him in protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses. After the age of 6 months, your baby is old enough that you can liberally use sunscreen, but you should still also dress him in protective clothing, as well as avoid exposure during peak hours (approximately 10am to 4pm).
- Did you know that too much water exposure can rob your (and your baby’s) skin of its natural moisture, making it dry and itchy? So while you *can* get your baby wet (unlike Gizmo), it’s best to keep bath time to about ten minutes of warm (not hot) water, saving the suds ’til the end. Then after you gently pat his skin dry, use an after-bath moisturizer to protect his skin and seal in moisture.
- Most parents know that babies in particular can be sensitive to certain fabrics and laundry detergents, and seek out gentle, hypoallergenic fabrics and detergents. Dreft has been trusted for over 80 years, and is the #1 baby laundry detergent of choice of pediatricians to be gentle and hypoallergenic on baby’s skin. (And yes, even though it has that babyhood scent that moms love, it’s still hypoallergenic! Dreft’s perfume is specially designed with low allergenic ingredients that have been proven to be gentle on baby’s sensitive skin).
Want some more helpful tips for protecting your baby’s delicate skin? Then make sure you join @Dreft for the Twitter Party on May 9th from 9-10pm EST! Pediatrician and mom Dr. Dyan Hes will be sharing her tips to ensure your baby is protected and comfortable during the spring allergy season. And you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes, including the grand prize of $250 AMEX + Dreft Product! Make sure to RSVP for the party by clicking here!
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