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Taking Care Of Your Child’s Skin

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The care you give to your infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers should not be limited to healthcare and other emotional needs a parent gives for their child to thrive. The skin is also an important element in the growth and development of a child.

When children are born, they can be faced with various skin problems, which is in reaction to the weather or adapting to the condition of the “new” environment they find themselves, hence they break out in form of rashes, boils. This has even led many new mums into trying the old wives’ tales of using various herbal substances to help their children heal.

For founder, Amal Botanicals Natural Baby Skin Solutions, Zuwaira Ikharo Shuaib, it is important to take care of the skin of children especially infants, as newborn skin is delicate and so is the baby’s immune system. Chemicals, fragrances, and dyes in clothing, detergents, and baby products can cause newborn skin irritation, dryness, chafing, and rashes. That is why it’s advisable to use only natural and organic products for infants.

On what parents should look out for when getting a skincare product for their kids, she said that children have thinner and more delicate skin than adults, so their skin is more sensitive to irritation.

“Choose a moisturiser that is made for children and dermatologist tested, and apply it to your child’s body and face right after every bath (within two or three minutes) to seal in the moisture. Proper moisturiing can help protect sensitive skin from irritation.

“Avoid products that contain PABA, as these can irritate the skin. And don’t forget the lips – apply a sunscreen lip balm to your child’s lips.”

While there are a lot of parents out there who seeks lightening cream products for their children, Shuaib said that the effects of skin lightening or toning products are numerous, ranging from local effects which are visible on the skin, to serious systemic effects within the body and cannot be seen. The effects on children range from skin thinning, discolouration, rashes and irritation to acne.