When we think of a baby imagine that your skin is soft, delicate and warm, but it is not always so
Expert: Dr. Viviana Garcia, a dermatologist.
When we think of a baby imagine that your skin is soft, delicate and warm. In most of the cases this is so, but it is not unusual to see small with scaly skin, dry, irritated, red and itchy in the folds. What's the difference? Because of the care that is given to your skin in the middle of a hostile environment, and full of aggression.
Effectively, the skin is the organ of increased size of our body and is more exposed to external factors such as climate, clothing, water, sun, lotions, dust, chemicals, etc The world intrauterine housed for 9 months of the small differs absolutely from the outside world and everyday life. The temperature and humidity are different and, therefore, we must to give your skin a contact gradual and progressive with different environmental conditions through healthy products that do not alter the acid Ph of normal skin (4 or 5) and to prevent the loss of the fat layer that covers.
The dermatologist, Dr. Viviana García, explains that the best way to prevent skin problems in children –or when there is evidence of a box - is to use appropriate products for the hygiene. In your opinion, is to avoid the use of soaps or products emulsified that could further irritate the skin. The baby clothes should be washed with detergents that are hypo-allergenic without the use of softeners. In case you are already no problems, it is important to moisturize the skin with products of the line dermatological, depending on each particular case.
Skin problems can appear unexpectedly and it is advisable to be very vigilant against any sign of foreign matter in the baby. A good habit is to observe carefully your body in every move or bath and pay attention to eruptions of reddish color, increased temperature, presence of small vesicles, or blisters, itching, crusts and scaly skin on areas of greater friction, such as folds, neck, cheeks, and genitals. These symptoms show a contact dermatitis, which can be irritative when it arises by the contact of the skin with the components of the detergent common and allergic when the skin is sensitized to a particular product (perfumes, oils, preservatives, etc).
The dermatitis occurs most often in the first few months of baby's life and its most distinctive feature is the “intense itching”, manifesting a clinical outcome of “vicious circle” where the itching leads to eczema that, in turn, causes pruritus, erosions, and peeling.
Careful with the washing
When a baby has symptoms of contact dermatitis it is necessary to go to the pediatrician or dermatologist to start a treatment specialist. However, much progress has been made in the field of prevention and information to the mothers about the risks of using clothes of synthetic fiber or wool, and the use of soaps and detergents in clothes that are not hypoallergenic.
The washing is essential as the clothing is in direct contact with the skin.