Caring for baby's very dry skin

Top tips to care for your baby’s very dry skin

Your baby’s skin barrier is still developing throughout the first year of their life, so their delicate skin has weaker defences against external irritants and the elements than an adult. This can cause it to become very dry and prone to irritation. Here are some tips to help relieve your baby’s very dry skin and ensure it remains soft and comfortable.

Cleanse their skin

Bathe your baby in warm water, never hot. Use a mild and gentle, fragrance-free cleanser such as Oilatum® Baby Bath Emollient which soothes and softens very dry skin. Be mindful that too much exposure to water can cause your child’s skin to dry out further, so keep bath time to no longer than 10-15 minutes. Once clean, gently pat their skin dry with a soft towel.

Avoid irritants

Wash your baby’s clothes with a gentle detergent and/or fabric softener and give them an extra rinse to make sure all traces of soap have been washed away. Try not to overload your washing machine as this could mean clothes aren’t rinsed properly. Avoid clothing that is too tight or rough, remember to cut out the labels before use and try to stick to soft fabrics such as cotton, which are gentler on your baby’s delicate skin.

Bath time

bath time

Make hair washing fun and pretend your little one is caught in a rainstorm, then use the shower to rinse out their hair. Singing a rhyme will make it even more fun for you both.


skin concern; 0-3 months; 4-12 months; 13-36 months; morning time; bath time; bed time;

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