Tips for Your Baby Skin Care

Did you know that your baby’s skin is so delicate and sensitive that any chemicals, fragrances, detergents and baby products can cause skin irritation, dryness and rashes?  It’s important to make sure you take care of your baby’s skin in order to protect it as well as possible.


Here are our tips on how to care for your baby, keeping his skin smooth and healthy.


1. Bathing your baby safely

The water temperature when bathing your baby should be comfortably warm, not too hot nor too cold.  Always mix the water well to ensure the temperature is even throughout.  Test the water temperature by using your elbow rather than your hand the water should feel neither hot or cold.

To wash your baby we recommend using a special baby soap that has a pH between 4.5-5 as this will prevent your baby’s skin from irritation.

Remember to keep your baby’s head clear of the water. Use one hand to support your baby in the water, and the other hand to gently swish the water over your baby without splashing.  Remember when bathing your baby, do not miss areas such as between the fingers, armpits, and groin.

Once you’ve finished bathing your baby, lift him out and pat him dry using a soft towel, paying special attention to the creases in his skin.  Use a special moisturizing baby lotion or cream to help maintain or increase the water content within his delicate skin, particularly the outer skin (epidermis).


2. Selecting the right baby clothes and diapers

Always choose clothes and diapers made from soft and thin cotton or mixtures. Avoid nylon material which may cause your baby to become hot and sweaty. Also try to avoid baby clothes and diapers that are too tight because it can rub your baby’s skin making it feel irritated.

Wash your baby’s clothes in baby-specific detergent as they are specially formulated for your baby’s skin.  Using a gentle fabric softener may also help prevent your baby’s clothes from becoming itchy.


3.  Choosing the right Baby Products

Always check your baby products including the ingredients, purpose of use, directions for use, production date, expiry dates and local FDA licenses on all.  Do not use baby cosmetics excessively.  Excessive use clogs pores which can lead to rashes or infections.

We recommend that you consult a doctor first before using baby cosmetics or seek advice on the correct types of cosmetics that are safe for baby.


4. Protect your baby from exposure to sunlight

Exposing your baby to the sun is good for stimulating vitamin D which helps promote bone growth.   However, babies can quickly suffer the damage of sunburn and heat stroke, so keeping your baby safe in the sun is crucial.  The sun is at its strongest between 10-4 so try to keep any exposure to before or after this time.  For those who live in areas with relatively high levels of pollution, especially in large cities, it is advisable that exposure to the sun occurs before 8 am.

You should avoid direct exposure to the sun during the day.  But if you do want to take your baby out of the house, use an umbrella or hat as protection. Sunscreen (sunblock) may also be used as long as you have consulted with a pediatrician first. Be careful not to get into your baby’s eyes or mouth.


5. Create a healthy environment for your baby

Ensure your baby’s room is clean. Set the room temperature so that your baby feels comfortable.  Make sure there is adequate ventilation or air conditioning as this is good for your baby. Cooling a baby’s room can also prevent some cases of prickly heat in infants too.  If the air temperature in the baby’s room is too hot, use an air conditioner or fan but make sure it isn’t aimed directly at the baby.

Avoid using any type of insect repellent on your baby.  If you do want to protect your baby from mosquito bites, use a mosquito net only. Toxins contained in insect repellent may be harmful for your baby.

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  1. Audrey says:

    Wonderful tips. My baby keeps having irritations at her back. Will check on the detergents I use in washing her clothes and take into account the other tips too. hoping it would help prevent future rashes

  2. Nana Adwoa Abakah Mensah says:

    Tanx for da tips. I ve really learnt a lot from u Cussons.

  3. lee says:

    My baby has a terrible rash that itches on her forehead and cheeks…
    What do I do

  4. loveland says:

    great advice thanks. expecially with the mosquito repelent i will stop immidiately.

  5. Eunice Young says:

    Amazing tips.Thumb up cussons

  6. kothandapani says:

    i require cussons baby soap , iam from chennai,india

  7. Maria McComb says:

    Great write up, My baby keeps having irritations at her back. Will check on the detergents I use in washing her clothes and take into account the other tips too. hoping it would help prevent future rashes

  8. I’m totally #agree with your Top 5 Tips.If we take care our cute babies in proper way they will grow properly.Thanks a Lot,Very helpful Article

  9. Ramatu Osman says:

    How can u be sure of the cuss on baby product will be okay for the baby

  10. Franca Milady says:

    Nice to know, my mum always use very hot water. I will try explaining to her.

  11. Shaheen says:

    Where can i find cussons baby products in UAE?

  12. Cussons Baby says:

    Hello Shaheen, Please check the various mothercare shop, supermarkets and pharmacies near you. Thank you

  13. Victoria says:

    My baby is 5 months 3weeks and 3 days and she has being discharging yellowish sticky substance is it nlemal

  14. Elizabeth says:

    My babies are always having heat rash at the back . have taken themvto cilnic twice still it goes and come. What can I do to stop from coming.

    • Cussons Baby says:

      Hello Elizabeth, Kindly get our Protect Care Cream and use on the rashes.

      • Alexis says:

        Hi cussons gh thanks for the tips, i’m currently in Accra Ghana and it’s the dry season so it’s really hot..when there’s power I use the fan or ac (ac is bad now so just fan for now) but sometimes no power so it’s so hot, can I strip baby down to just diapers? Or is there still a risk of catching a cold even in this heat? He is going to be 5months old on the 15th of this month.

        • Cussons Baby says:

          Hi Alexis, When dressing baby, remember that he is not able to maintain temperatures as well as you as an adult. Hence its recommended that baby has one additional clothing in addition to what is comfortable for an adult. Eg. if it’s too hot for an adult to wear anything, then baby can just wear one piece of clothing, if the adult needs one item of clothing, baby needs two and if an adult needs 3 items of clothing to keep warm, baby needs four and etc. At least a vest will do.

  15. Daizy says:

    pls my baby has been having rash from birth. i hav used different things, boot soap and oil, coconut oil, sebamed body wash and lotion. now am just using Johnson’s liquid soap and baby tribotan. am rily confused and sad. pls wat do I do?