In our previous post we discussed what baby acne looks like and what are its possible causes. Once you know for sure that it is baby acne and not just a rash, there are definitely some ways you can treat baby acne. In this article, we will learn about how to treat and prevent baby acne.
Remember that baby acne is not permanent. It, in most cases, goes away on its own in a little while. However, you should immediately consult your doctor if the acne stays for longer than three months.
Although in some cases, a baby’s body takes its own sweet time to heal no matter how many remedies you apply, but it doesn’t harm in taking a few steps towards its treatment and prevention.
So let’s talk about the options of baby acne treatment you have if your baby is diagnosed with acne…
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1Be gentle with your baby’s skin
I know this may seem like an obvious thing but one thing we do tend to ignore is that we have to be extremely gentle when it comes to not only handling the baby but also his skin. We buy and apply so many baby oils, shampoos, creams not knowing that everything that we put on the baby’s body is absorbed by it.
It is extremely important to only use the products that are natural and gentle on the skin. Try to avoid rubbing baby’s skin with soaps and creams because honestly the baby doesn’t need all this washing up.
2Avoid overdressing your baby
Believe it or not but the skin conditions of a baby can take a turn for the worse if you overdress them. In India, specially, we tend to wrap the baby in innumerable blankets even in summers only thinking that he might catch a cold or something.
But let me tell you that kids feel hot too and when they do, it shows up on their skin in the form of zits too. When a lot of heat is trapped against the skin, they will sweat which will cause much more irritation to them. As a thumb rule, a baby needs only one more layer of clothing than what adults wear.
3Topically apply probiotics on acne
This has been endorsed by the American Association of Dermatology. They recommend applying probiotics on the affected skin of the baby and it has been found extremely helpful. One, when you apply probiotics they help protect the immune system of the baby and don’t let the condition worsen. Also, since they have a very calming effect on the skin, the baby feels extremely soothed. It is a known fact that probiotics attack the bad bacteria in the body and same goes if it applied topically also. As it helps fight it on the skin surface as well, acne doesn’t cause inflammation.
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4Breastfeed and give probiotics
If your baby is younger than 6 months then the only option you have is to make sure you feed him enough breast milk. This will help the good bacteria grow in your baby’s little tummy thereby fighting off the bad bacteria. And it is safe to say that probiotics should be added to the diet of the mother as well, so that her breast milk is full of good bacteria to be taken in by the baby whether in the form of colostrums or proper milk.
In case your baby is older than 6 months, consult your doctor whether he can safely be given probiotics. You don’t have to give him store bought if you don’t want to. The best probiotic found in most Indian homes is yogurt. When these are given to the baby, the benefits that he gets from them are amazing. It helps in acid reflux, diarrhea, allergies. But just make sure no matter the form of probiotic you are giving, do remember to consult your doctor first.
Did your baby have acne? How did you treat it? Let us know about your experience with baby acne in the comments.