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Dry skin in babies: your questions answered

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    “How can my baby already have dry skin?”

    “Baby skin loses water faster, is thinner and more sensitive than an adult’s, and has an immature temperature control, while also being more susceptible to germs,” says paediatric dermatologist Dr Kerstin. It’s easy to see why it needs extra-special care. Luckily Baby Dove’s hypoallergenic and pH-neutral baby lotions deliver moisturising care for all baby skin, including a newborn’s

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    “What should I do when my baby’s skin is dry?”

    You might find that dry skin in baby needs a little more care. “If your baby’s skin is dry, a moisturiser should be used daily,” recommends Dr Zilda. Using the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Lotion, for example, keeps dry skin hydrated for up to 24 hours

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    “How long should my baby spend in the bath?”

    Bathtime can be one of the best parts of the day – so do it the way that suits you and your baby. But if your little one has dry skin, you might want to keep it short and sweet. “Try shorter baths – up to five minutes,” says Dr Kerstin, “and use warm rather than hot water” 

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    “How can I make sure the bath water isn’t too hot?”

    Many parents use their elbow to test the temperature of their baby’s bath. If you like to be precise, you could try a bath thermometer – they will generally suggest a temperature of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius

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    “Do all mild cleansers stop baby skin from drying out?”

    To get the best care for your baby, you will want to go for a cleanser that helps maintain moisture, too, such as the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Hair to Toe Wash, which contains our ¼ moisturising cream

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    “How long after the bath should I put on moisturiser?”

    That all depends on your personal bath routine. If you ask Dr Kerstin, as soon as possible is best: “If their skin is dry, apply a moisturiser right after the bath.” A gentle product, such as our Sensitive Moisture Baby Lotion, will help seal in moisture even on eczema-prone skin 

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