“Soft as a baby’s bottom” is a sweet sentiment, but infant skin isn’t just smooth. It’s also thinner and has less natural moisturizing factors than adult skin.1 Studies show that these characteristics are what make a baby’s skin more sensitive to irritation.2 As a wound care nurse, you know how important it is to use products that gently cleanse and moisturize infant skin. It’s also a great tip to share with parents.
It’s so irritating
Irritation for a baby’s skin typically means diaper rash, more technically referred to as diaper dermatitis. It’s not necessarily caused by the diaper itself, but the result of several factors in the diaper area, including moisture.2
When a newborn stays in a wet or dirty diaper for a long time, it can lead to an imbalance in skin pH levels, which, in turn, may reduce effective skin barrier function.2
Infant skin requires special care. Arm nurses and parents with a gentle skin care routine that helps support baby’s delicate skin.