Bath and Applying Cream
Massage with any oil of your choice/what suits the baby's skin/vennapoosa (butter from butter milk)/ perugu or paala meeda meegada before giving bath to the baby. oil/vennapoosa before giving bath to the baby, that would be of great help and help in preventing the dryness or moisture loss due to applying soaps or sunnipindi on the child's body.
Apply any cream of choice that suits the baby's skin or recommended by the doctor to whole body just immediately after bath when the body is still moist after patting it dry.
If possible use glycerin baby soap.
If there is extreme dryness of the skin then wipe the baby's body with a wet cloth and after drying apply the cream about 4 to 5 times or more if you see the skin is getting dry.
It is more common in the kids born in US than the kids in India and it is not a serious condition if care is taken from the very start. Doctors treat with steroids if the condition is serious otherwise just do with topical application of creams and lotions, in either case we need to do things under doctor's supervision because if not treated baby eczema can lead to allergies/asthma, etc.
As per my doc, it can be seen in kids with family history of allergic conditions/eczema/asthma/dermatitis etc and it is very very common occurrence in infants across the world. It is nothing but an extreme dry skin condition. To cure it initially they would give steroids/hydrocortisone cream, avoid exposing the kid to water for long time, nalugu/massage should be avoided until doctor's consent, and it is aggrevated during winter because of heater usage, keep the settings at bare minimum, use more layered clothing, and use a humidifier in their case. It usually does not cause pain but is very irritating and itchy for the kids and the skin appearance and all would be heart-breaking for the parents :(. Do not use powder, keep the body moisturized always.
If and if using cooler/heater (artificial conditioning) use a humidifier for sure.
If there is a rash, applying it just over the rash wont help, apply it all over the body, as and when you feel the skin is getting dry, keep re-applying it. Cetaphil is the best by my personal experience. If possible use Cetaphil soap as well which would help.
Baby acne is so common for the kids born in US. There are a lot of moisturizers in the market like JnJ, Aquaphor, Euceriene, Aveeno and Cetaphil. If either of the parents has an extremely dry skin, the kid might get this problem.
If possible use cotton clothing at the max in all possible ways.
IF THE BABY'S SKIN GETS DRY AND HAS ACNE, THEN AVOID USING SUNNIPINDI AND SEE FIRST BEFORE ANY INTERVENTION.
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For dry skin, do proper oil massage (only after 3 months) and after bath apply moisturizer.. use only a few products which are fragrance free..
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