You have this beautiful new little human to care for, and with your new addition - a million questions. A common area of concern for new parents is how to care for their baby’s skin. With all sorts of information buzzing around the internet, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, and unsure. You may be second guessing some of your decisions, or be giving way more thought to diaper cream than you ever thought possible. That’s ok.
Your job as a parent is to keep your children safe and protected. So it’s understandable that you would put so much thought into seemingly small details.
Your baby's skin is brand new, and adjusting to the world that we live in, may result in all sorts of rashes and irritations. One of the most important things you can do to help protect your loved one’s skin, is to keep it softened, moisturised, and nourished. At Wild carrot herbals, we strive to help you do just that, with natural botanicals that harmoniously work with your baby’s needs.
Here are some common areas where we get questions regarding skincare for babies. Please note that we are merely sharing information and not prescribing or diagnosing a medical condition. If you need this, please consult a medical professional.
Cradle Cap: It’s estimated that around 70% of babies get cradle cap. It typically shows up in the first few months of life, and ends around age one. Cradle Cap is actually the common term for infantile seborrheic dermatitis,which is essentially a form of eczema in young children. It shows up in areas that have many oil producing sebaceous glands like the scalp, behind the ears, forehead, and eyelids. In most cases, cradle cap will clear up on its own. however there are some things you can do to help support your little ones scalp throughout the process. First off, as tempting as it may be- don't pick! This can lead to more irritation, and the possibility of infection. Gently rubbing the scalp with a warm wet washcloth will help aid in removing skin that is ready to come off. We have gotten many happy reviews on how our products have helped reduce our baby customers’ cradle cap. You can help keep your little one’s scalp nourished with our Wild Pansy Cradle Cap Salve.
Apply it to a wet or dry head. It’s particularly soothing after a night time bath. This allows it to penetrate deeper into the scalp. In the morning, you can use a fine toothed comb to remove flakes that are ready to come off.
Fragrance vs Essential Oils: Essential oils are made from naturally occurring substances in different parts of plants. Fragrance oils are their artificially derived counterparts. The large majority of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. Which means we want to be especially diligent about the products that we use on ourselves and our babies. When it comes to fragrances, opt for essential oils. Even in the world of essential oils, quality can vary greatly. Things to look for when choosing a product, are whether they are organic, as well as a company’s transparency in their production process. Because of their potency, it is important to use them in small amounts, and to always dilute them before applying to baby. Wild Carrot Herbals products use baby approved essential oils like calming chamomile and loving lavender. A great way to introduce baby to them is a post bath massage using our Mountain Meadow Baby Massage Oil.
Cloth Diapers: Although they may seem intimidating at first, cloth diapers may be an awesome choice for your family. They can be used alone, or rotated with disposable, biodegradable diapers. The options for cloth diapers these days are endless, making them a lot more accessible, and easier to navigate. There may even be a diaper service business in your area. These businesses will pick up your diapers on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and laundry them for you. Some benefits to cloth diapers- saving (a lot!) of money, not exposing your baby to the many toxins in traditional diapers, if you do it right there is almost no leakage, they are a million times better for the environment, you can resell them when you’re done, they also minimize rashes. While you do have to be cautious about which diaper creams you use with cloth diapers, our skin soothing Goo Goo Baby Bum Balm is cloth diaper tested and approved!
What about Mama?
Breastfeeding and Nipple Care: To be able to nourish your sweet baby using the liquid gold your body produces, is such a gift. As straightforward as it may seem from the outside, breastfeeding is its own complicated, beautiful journey. With this magical time can come chafing, irritation, discomfort, frustration, pain, and even infections. If your babe is brand new, and you both are still adjusting to breastfeeding, a specialized lactation consultant can come to your home and help you assess your baby’s latch and optimal positioning for your breast shape and baby. Your magic milk can be used to treat a number of skin ailments including baby’s and your own sore nipples. For extra support in keeping nipples as happy as possible, try our Calendula Nipple Whip. Made with food grade shea butter, olive oil, and calendula - gently “whip” your nipples back into shape, and ready for baby’s next meal. If at any point you begin to experience swelling, pain, and burning of the breast with a fever, or general feelings of being ill, this may be a sign of mastitis- a treatable infection of the milk duct. Consult your healthcare provider.
Given all this, the most important piece in caring for your baby and their skin, is trust your intuition. Part of this journey of parenthood, is understanding the vast amount of resources that you already have inside of you. Tune in to your baby’s and your needs, and soak up all these magical moments.