Acne? Gas? Eczema? If you’ve had a baby, you know that all of these can crop up in baby’s first few weeks of life. Thankfully baby’s skin woes, belly blues and teething troubles can be relieved with a variety of natural techniques and remedies that soothe your little one and ease your mind.
Many babies develop small red bumps or pimples on their face within 2-4 weeks after birth, most likely from hormones transferred in the latter stages of pregnancy. It usually clears up within 4 months, but keeping skin clean and dry and free of oils is the best way to treat the condition, say doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Gently washing baby’s face with plain water or a fragrance-free soap like Dr. Bronner’s Mild Baby Unscented Liquid Soap help keep bumps in check.
White or yellow scaly patches or crusty skin on the scalp, ears and nose (usually without itchiness) can be symptoms of cradle cap, a condition common in newborns. It often clears up by 8 months, but gentle shampooing is recommended while cradle cap symptoms are present. We like Mustela Newborn Shampoo Foam, which features coconut extracts and salicylic acid to loosen dry skin and calm symptoms. Brushing the scalp lightly with a soft brush while shampooing can also help remove scales.
Red, rough itchy patches on your baby’s body, especially cheeks, and elbow and knee creases, are often signs of baby eczema. Dry skin, heat, irritants from fragrances in products and even allergens in food can trigger the patches, which usually diminish over time. Keeping your baby’s skin moisturized is important, and using products with itch-relieving botanicals can ease fussiness. Babo Botanicals Moisturizing Baby Shampoo & Wash blends aloe with oatmilk and calendula that comfort and hydrate sensitive skin, while Pharmaca Little Pip Baby Lotion protects with olive oil, calendula and lavender.
Symptoms of diaper rash tend to increase around 9-12 months—wet diapers and chafing are the biggest culprits, so keeping your baby dry and clean is the best way to help prevent the rash. Try soft, chlorine-free, natural wipes like The Honest Company’s Baby Wipes for cleaning irritated skin, and apply Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream with zinc oxide to help heal irritation.
Swallowing air when bottle or breastfeeding, or even crying, can cause gassiness in babies, who can pass gas as much as 20 times a day! As their digestive tracks grow and mature it becomes less of a problem, but until then, tried-and-true remedies like burping, keeping baby’s head higher than the stomach while feeding or working out the extra gas with gentle massage can help. Hyland’s Baby Gas Drops are another great way to naturally calm baby’s belly and ease bloating.
Fussiness, drooling and refusing to eat are common symptoms of teething, which usually starts around 6 months of age. Refrigerated teething rings are a great way to provide relief for their little gums—Lifefactory Silicone Teethers can be worn as a bracelet on mom, so it’s always handy. If pain relief is needed, try the parent-approved Hyland’s Baby Teething Gel for immediate soothing of irritated gums.