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From the earliest stages of parenting, I’ve dealt with babies who have sensitive skin. At two months, Ryder started showing signs of eczema. At the time, my “mom friends” were my go to guide for help; sometimes their suggestions yielded relief, and other times the outbreaks worsened. Also, back then, I was unaware that one of the biggest triggers for skin irritation were all my fancy, scented soaps received as shower gifts. I was a new mom with no idea what I was doing wrong, so I eventually ended up at the dermatologist. Something that the doctor said has stuck with me ever since: “don’t use any soaps on your baby that actually make suds.” After that, I threw out all the scented sudsy soaps, and I strictly used the brand that he recommended: AVEENO® Baby. Soon after, Ryder’s eczema cleared up, and he’s been outbreak free ever since. Unfortunately, I have experienced the same skin sensitivities with my other two children, and in fact, I am currently going through it with Gemma.
I’ve found that once you discover a product that works successfully, you have to use it religiously, and that’s what I have done with AVEENO®. It’s safe, trusted, and perfect for babies. With Gemma’s sensitive skin, I take precaution in all topical applications, from soaps to moisturizers, to sunscreens. I moisturize her at least twice a day, and avoid excess soaps, and with the summer months in full swing, it is important that I protect my babies’ skin from the sun’s harmful rays. I had a chance to speak with dermatologist, Jeanine Downie M.D., and had her share some info that I am sure all of you mamas out there can use. When choosing products for your little ones the endless stream of information can be a bit overwhelming, so I hope this advice can help inform your decisions.
Dr. Jeanine Downie is a mom, board certified dermatologist and director of her own practice, Image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, N.J. She specializes in both adult and pediatric dermatology and completed two years of Pediatric residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. I found this q&a so helpful to me and I hope you do as well.
Why is baby skin so sensitive?
Babies have ultra-sensitive skin for two reasons: first, it is very thin and second, they have not yet built up a tolerance to many products that are typically used in everyday life.
What are the ingredients in AVEENO® Baby that sets it apart from other brands?
AVEENO® Baby products are specially formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® oat to help nourish, soothe and protect baby’s delicate skin, which is why its trusted by dermatologists, pediatricians and parents for use on baby’s sensitive skin.
Can you give us tips on protecting our babies skin from the sun, especially now that the summer months are here?
It’s important to select sunscreen with UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum protection of SPF 30 or higher, that are also hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free. Look for brands that are both pediatrician and dermatologist recommended. There are many different companies that offer spf 30 or above right in the clothing. These companies include Columbia, UVSkinz, Solumebra and San Diego Hats. There are also spf 50 umbrellas that we can place babies under and my all time favorite is Llumar UV Shields for car windows. Babies sweat glands are not yet developed, which makes them more susceptible to heat rash. To prevent this, dress little ones in loose breathable clothing and a hat to shield the sun.
At what age can I safely start using SPF on my baby?
The American Academy of Dermatology and The American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that you can safely use sunscreen after 6 months of age. I recommend complete sun avoidance for the first six months, including the use of UPF hats, umbrellas and protective clothing.
If we are spending a day at the beach, how often should we apply sunscreen to our babies? And what about older kids?
Even once babies are six months of age and can safely wear sunscreen, time spent in the sun should still be limited – especially during peak sun hours of 10 am to 2 pm. Parents should apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen should then be reapplied after 80 minutes of outdoor activity/sun exposure – at least every 1-2 hours.
Do I need to use different bath products on my baby during the summer?
If you’re already using a gentle, hydrating cleanser year-round, then you can continue using it throughout the summer. It’s important to remember that infant skin is more delicate and sensitive than adult skin, and thus it’s more vulnerable to dehydration, even during humid summer months. Make sure to moisturize baby’s skin with a soothing and hydrating bath product, such as AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, which is formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat.
What is a good bath time routine for babies?
I recommend that you bathe your baby every other day for no more than 10 minutes, and then consistently wipe their private parts and their neck once or twice a day. When my daughter was young, I used AVEENO® Baby Wash & Shampoo on her sensitive skin – it’s tear free, soap free and paraben free.
What ingredient(s) should you look for in baby bathtime products and after-bath lotions?
Bathtime products – Look for products that are pediatrician recommended, hypoallergenic and soap-free. After-bath products – Look for products that contain colloidal oatmeal, glycerin and dimethicone. Also look for products that are hypoallergenic and pediatrician recommended. I recommend AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream, which is formulated with colloidal oatmeal and clinically proven to moisturize for 24 hours and soothe dry, sensitive skin.
It’s comforting as a parent to know I have a brand like AVEENO® I can trust for all three of my children. May the rest of your summer be filled with fun, laughs, and of course protecting your babies from the sun!
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