HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE A GREAT SKIN
Have you ever gone for your baby’s appointments either for shots or just routine check-up; and you are ashamed to undress your baby for weighing because the child’s skin is not what you deem perfect? Or you see another woman’s baby and you are blown away by how clear, soft, smooth and glowing the baby’s skin is, then, you wonder where and how you got yours wrong?
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So, you ask the mother of the child, how and what she is doing to have such awesome result. Funnily, the first thing that comes to mind to ask is,
‘What cream or soap are you using for your baby?’
Then, she replies with the name of a cream and/or soap which you go, buy and use for your child without asking your child’s pediatrician/other doctors or doing any form of research to know the components of the product and their long-term effects on the skin. So, from there, most mothers set their children up for a lifetime of skin issues; mainly because what we are usually told is the secret to the awesomeness of the child’s skin does more harm than good in the long run.
So, what makes a child’s skin pop? It is a combination of several factors including good genes, skin products, environment and good diet. No matter what skin care routine you may have for your child, nothing beats good nutrition. Every good thing starts from within. You want your child’s skin to pop?
- Don’t joke with good diet. You can never start too early. Right from conception, eat well as a mother. Eat an array of fruits and vegetables.
- Start your child on fruits and veggies as soon as they are 6 months.
- Let the child have good protein. Proteins help cell growth and repair damaged cells remember?
- Oily fish is good for your child. Oily fish contains omega-3 fatty acid which has anti-inflammatory properties (we will come to that later). Deficiency in this can cause dry skin, scaling and exacerbate eczema. Sources include titus, salmon, mackerel and shrimps. Omega 3 fatty acid can also be found in large doses in walnuts.
- Feed your child healthy fats. Avocado is an excellent source of good fats.
- Make sure your child is always well-hydrated.
- Please… Unless prescribed, don’t use medicated creams on your child. Whatever we put on the skin, gets absorbed into the body system! Therefore, be careful about what you put on your child’s skin.
- You notice something unusual on your child’s skin… consult your doctor. Take it a step further, see a dermatologist.
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Also read: Home Remedies For Dry Skin In Children
This article was contributed by Adeola Akanbi
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