As babies have very tender and extremely sensitive skin, you have to be careful about the oil you use for your baby’s massage. A newborn baby’s skin can get very dry, as it is highly sensitive and is exposed to air most of the time. In case dryness in the skin increases or persists, it can result in several diseases, including eczema and rashes. It is important to apply good quality oils that keep baby’s skin moisturized and healthy.
The fact of the matter is that some baby products are often worse than adult products because babies are so much more sensitive and fragile. Baby products are filled to the brim with ingredients you wouldn’t even want to put on your body!
A huge percentage of conventional baby products that are marketed for delicate skin — and even some “green” products — contain recipes that will cause irritations, rashes, teary eyes, diaper rashes and more. All things you would never wish upon your new bundle of love.
To help you stay clear of putting your baby in that kind of predicament, here is a quick list of 6 ingredients to avoid in baby products :
- Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol may not have such high concentrations that it could seriously hurt your baby, but the fact that it does have irritating, allergenic properties should be enough to keep it away from your baby’s gentle, sensitive skin.
- Mineral Oil: In baby products, you may find mineral oil in diaper creams, baby wipes and lotions.mineral oil is considered comedogenic which basically means it blocks your pores and skin’s natural breathing process.
- Triethanolamine (TEA):triethanolamine is a strongly alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical. it may be linked to organ system toxicity or infertility and can be irritating to the skin.
- Parabens & Other Preservatives:whole reasoning behind using parabens is to prohibit the growth of any kind of microbe in cosmetic and personal care products. Since a baby’s hormonal system is not yet mature, parabens can cause irreparable damage to the developing endocrine system
- Fragrance: Baby products are no different! It seems many companies put all sorts of “sweet” smelly ingredients to make mama’s feel all warm inside, which makes the product sell better. The bottom line is this, any synthetic fragrance is an irritant. It’s best to stick to unscented or products that use natural essential oils as the fragrance.
- Synthetic Colors:synthetic colors are made up from petrochemicals and Coal tarabies just want to be loved and comfortable. So the less chance of their skin becoming irritated from synthetic colors or fragrances, the better
The best way to be in complete control of the ingredients you put on your baby’s skin is to make them yourself.Hence it is important to get the best quality oil possible. Natural oils no doubt are the best.Although the major use of natural baby oils is to keep the baby’s skin well moisturized and heal dry skin issue, it can also act as a mild germ-killing. Nevertheless, there are many more uses for natural oils for babies
- Massage with a oil
Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. You can use oils to help your hands to glide smoothly over your baby’s skin. As part of your massage routine, you can gently manipulate your baby’s ankles, wrists and fingers. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby while you are massaging, which may make it more reassuring for your baby.The soothing strokes of your hands stimulate the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin in you and your baby. Oxytocin is the hormone that gives you that warm, loving feeling when you hold your baby close. Massage has many added benefits for your baby, including improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and easing teething pain. Massage is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby, and you may find it relaxing, too!
- Smoother Hair : Natural oil can be used in hair to make them smooth and really very silky. However it is really quite oily and often thicker than regular hair oils. So, do not use lots of it. This is a hair treatment that you can do once a fortnight. Warm the baby oil slightly. Massage it into hair shafts and even the scalp if you feel like. Cover it with a shower cap. Let it sit overnight. Next morning, wash it over many times with alternate cold and warm water. This helps to remove much of the oil and keep only as much as hair want. This leaves hair much smoother and they don’t tangle.
- Clears baby diaper rash – Try applying baby oil on a diaper rash after making the skin absolutely dry. Otherwise, try cornstarch. That works great
Here is a list of the natural baby oils for skin that are great for babies
- Coconut Oil : Commonly used baby oil that has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which make it an ideal choice for baby’s skin. This oil can be used as an effective treatment for sensitive skin and skin problems like eczema, rashes, patchy skin, dermatitis and cradle cap.Applying a small amount of coconut oil after bath will keep baby’s skin amply moisturized and supple.Coconut oil contains anti-oxidants and lauric and caprylic acids, which are great for the skin.
- Olive Oil:Safe to use this oil for baby skin if there are no signs of rashes, cuts, eczema or other allergies.For sensitive skin, it is best to avoid olive oil as it has properties that enhance the permeability of the skin.
- Mustard Oil:It is advisable to use mustard oil only during the winters, as it has a warming effect and can irritate the skin if the weather is too hot. Warm mustard oil application on baby should be avoided.
- Sesam Oil:It is better to use the oil that has been extracted from black sesame seeds.It is best to use this oil in winters, when the weather is cold and dry.
- Almond Oil:Pure Almond Oil is loaded with Vitamin E.Vitamin E boosts the immune system and helps the body fight germs. Vitamin E also keeps blood vessels open wide enough for blood to flow freely, and it helps the cells of the body work together to perform many important functions.
- Sunflower Oil:This oil contains Vitamin E and fatty acids which help nourish the skin. Avoid this oil if your baby has extra sensitive or rash-prone skin
- Chamomile Oil:A good oil for babies since it is good for sensitive skin. Besides this oil can be used treating rashes and other skin breakouts.It is especially good for babies who suffer from colic and helps to put them to sleep.
- Tea Tree Oil:Apart from being natural oil, tea tree oil has high antiseptic properties.It is used for treating many skin allergies and gives baby a relaxed feeling
- Castrol Oil:It is recommended to use it before giving your baby a bath. This oil can be used to treat dry skin, hair and nails.Avoid the areas around baby’s eyes and lips while applying oil.
Reading your baby’s cues is the most important aspect during giving her care using any oil. Your baby will tell you when the oil application needs to end and which strokes she’s likes or dislikes. If your baby starts to cry during the oil application, he/she is telling you that they had enough.
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