What To Do About Your Baby’s Dry Skin


• Causes of dry skin in babies include extreme weather conditions, irritants and allergens, too much bathing, allergies, and cradle cap.

• Treat baby’s dry skin by using a hypoallergenic cleanser for baths.

• If your baby has a cradle cap, use a gentle shampoo or cleanser to help soothe this condition. 

• Look for products that contain natural ingredients such as shea butter or cocoa butter that have soothing properties on irritated skin.

• Keep their clothes loose-fitting, and apply a gentle moisturizer after bath. 

Does your baby have dry skin? Seeing your baby’s skin dry, flaky, and irritated can be distressing. As a mother, you want to find a way to soothe and nourish their skin. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to soothe your baby’s skin and prevent further irritation from occurring. Here are some common causes of dry skin in babies and how to treat them.

Common Causes of Dry Skin in Babies

From the day your baby is born to their first year of life, you will inevitably have to contend with some degree of dry skin. This is normal and usually not a cause for alarm. However, certain conditions may make your baby more susceptible to skin irritation and dryness:

Extreme Weather Conditions

Extreme weather conditions, such as cold temperatures and low humidity, can cause your baby’s skin to become dry. Too much exposure to cold weather can cause dehydration and worsen dry skin. On the other hand, overly hot and humid weather can also lead to dry skin.

Irritants and Allergens

Chemicals in certain soaps, detergents, shampoos, and lotions can cause irritation and dryness on your baby’s skin. Some babies may also be allergic to certain fabrics or materials that come into contact with the skin. Ingredients such as fragrances, dyes, and preservatives can also cause skin allergies in some babies.

Too Much Bathing

Too much washing can strip away natural oils from the body, causing the skin to become dry and irritated. If you give your baby a bath more than three times a week, you may be over-washing them. Although water is essential for keeping your baby’s skin clean, it can also be drying, especially when used together with soaps, shampoos, and other products.

Giving a baby a bath in a small tub


Certain foods or substances may cause an allergic reaction in your baby’s skin, leading to dryness and irritation. Newborns are also more likely to experience allergies due to their developing immune systems. In some cases, allergies can manifest as a rash or hives on the skin, which may lead to further dryness and irritation.

Cradle Cap

A cradle cap is a common skin condition in babies that manifests as a yellowish, scaly patch on the scalp. Although a cradle cap does not usually cause discomfort or irritation to the baby, it can lead to dryness and flaking of the skin if left untreated. This is a common condition caused by overactive oil glands on the scalp, leading to flaking and scaling on the scalp and other body parts, such as behind the ears or around the neckline. A cradle cap usually resolves itself over time, but if it persists for more than two weeks, it should be checked out by a doctor.

How To Treat Your Baby’s Dry Skin

Once you have determined what is causing your baby’s dry skin, you can begin treating it with moisturizers formulated specifically for sensitive young skin. You can follow this skincare routine for newborn babies:

  • Use a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser for baths.
  • Avoid using soaps and bubble baths as they may strip away natural oils from the skin.
  • Pat your baby’s skin dry with a soft towel instead of rubbing it vigorously after bathing.
  • Immediately apply a moisturizer to help retain natural oils in the skin.
  • Look for an unscented, hypoallergenic, and water-based moisturizer to avoid further irritation.
  • If you notice your baby has a cradle cap, use a gentle shampoo or cleanser specifically designed to help soothe this condition.

A baby lying on its back while the mother massage its bottom

Look for products that contain natural ingredients such as shea butter or cocoa butter which are both known for their soothing properties on irritated skin. You should also ensure that you keep their clothes loose-fitting, so they don’t rub against their delicate skin and cause further irritation. Applying a gentle moisturizer after bath time will also help keep their delicate skin hydrated and healthy while preventing any flare-ups from happening again.

Taking care of your baby’s delicate skin is incredibly important! Knowing what causes their dryness can help you determine how best to treat it before it becomes a bigger issue. With the correct diagnosis and proper treatment, your little one should return to having happy, healthy-looking soft baby skin.

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