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Keeping Baby Skin Healthy

As your baby gets older, they’ll become more active, and chances are you'll be right behind them with a washcloth, trying to keep them clean. As you wash them more often, you'll need to make sure their skin stays moisturised to help keep it healthy.

Recent studies have shed light on the differences between adult and baby skin. Baby skin is more "active" than adult skin — it's constantly continuing to develop. It's more vulnerable to irritants, changes in temperature and changes in humidity. Therefore, you need to protect your baby's skin against environmental changes and harsh cleansers.

Your baby’s skin barrier is their first line of defence from the outside world. To remain healthy, it is important for the skin to be properly hydrated. Be sure to keep their skin moisturised to help protect against dryness.

Use a Moisturising Cleanser

As you find yourself washing their face and hands more frequently, now's a good time to transition to a cleanser that gently cleanses without stripping moisture from the skin. JOHNSON'S® Baby Bath is specially formulated to gently cleanse without drying delicate skin.

Keep Your Baby’s Skin Hydrated

It’s a good idea to use a moisturiser after bathing your baby.

Your baby’s skin absorbs water faster than adult skin can, and can also lose water faster too. That's why regularly moisturising your baby's skin is a good way to help protect against dryness. JOHNSON'S® Baby Lotion is clinically proven to be gentle and mild as it moisturises, keeping baby’s skin soft and smooth.

Baby Massage

A nice way to monitor the health of your baby's skin is through massage. It gives you an opportunity to go over the entire surface and to check for dryness or chafing. But that's not the only benefit: as your baby grows and undergoes developmental changes, massage can help ease transitions. It provides many emotional and physiological benefits for your growing baby.

Massage helps:

  • Calm your baby when they are fretful — massage has been shown to reduce the circulation of the stress hormone cortisol in the bloodstream
  • Increase their sense of well-being — massage has been shown to stimulate endorphins, which can lift your baby's mood
  • Ease wind and constipation — stroking their tummy can help disperse air
  • Release tension caused by, for example, teething
  • Relax their arm and leg muscles
  • And of course, to help develop a close and trusting relationship with you

How to Massage a Baby

Routine massage can help you bond with your baby and has great developmental benefits.

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