Since babies are still in the developmental stages and their skin is very
sensitive to all types of conditions, it’s very important for us as parents to
monitor what is fed, used and exposed to our babies on a daily basis. So
many babies have mild to severe cases of eczema and other types of
dermatitis (skin discomforts). Situations like dehydration, bad diet,
artificial skin products, baby foods full of preservatives, unnatural milk
formulas, and the mother’s bad eating habits during and after pregnancy
are some examples, which cause dry skin. You can oil your baby’s skin all
day, but if their diet is bad, the skin will continue to be irritated and dry.
Here are a few tips on how to nurture and heal your baby’s skin:
• If you’re breast-feeding, watch what you eat , if you’re not eating the
proper foods, it will transfer to your baby through your milk and cause
different health issues.
• Make sure you cook for your baby daily at home; it’s fresh, healthy and
full of your love. Fast foods are not real food so it creates discomforts and
allergies in the body.
• Make sure you give your baby plenty of liquids especially water.
• When using soap to bathe your baby, make sure the soap is mild and safe
for the skin. Soap is meant to strip dirt, oils and debris from the skin, but
for a baby it can strip the layer of protective oils, which can cause dryness
• A soft sponge bath with warm water using a few drops of essential oils,
herbs and vegetable oils are the best ways to protect, soothe and relax your
When using vegetable oil in the bath, measure a teaspoon of cold pressed
(100% natural) oil, such as coconut, apricot kernel, and jojoba to the water.
These natural vegetables oils not only protect your baby's skin from drying,
but also nourish skin with important vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Before using essential (flower base) oils, research which oil properties suit
your baby’s needs. Essential oils are concentrated and if not used properly
can cause skin irritation. It is best to use 1 to 2 drops in bath water.
Sample of herbs, vegetable and essential oils that are good for skin:
Chamomile, Sage, Yarrow, Plantain, and Comfrey Leaf & Root, Pure Shea
Butter, Sea salt, Lavender Hydrosol flowers, St. John’s worth, Calendula,
Rosemary, Jojoba, Liquid Castile Soap (well diluted), Apricot Kernel Oil.