Newborn baby products have always been a big seller. You will find it hard not to be drawn to these advertisements as attractive as they are. The question that runs in the mind after reading these ads is whether these products really work. This is especially true when the products claim to give your newborn “hair growth”. But are natural products really safe for your newborn? The answer is yes, but with some precautions.
Natural products for newborns should be completely evaluated prior to use by the parent or caregiver. There are very few studies that report any significant positive effects on hair growth. Some products may contain ingredients such as jojoba oil, lavender, Rosemary, motherwort and aloe vera, which all have reported benefits to the hair, but again, the data is not entirely supportive of this claim. These natural oils and herbs may act as a mild cleanser, but the baby should be kept in a warm place to prevent the scalp from drying out, which can be the cause of dandruff and cradle cap. If you suspect that your baby may be allergic to any of the ingredients, a dermatologist should be consulted.
The Risk Of Anaphylactic Shock
Newborns may be at risk for anaphylactic shock if they are administered jojoba oil or another product with a high amount of fragrances. It is common for the anaphylactic shock to occur three to five hours after application. Some babies may experience respiratory distress and breathing difficulties. Allergic reactions to any ingredient in these products should be checked out by a physician. Newborn products that are made without preservatives may also contain irritants and toxins that affect the newborn’s digestive system and overall health.
Ingredients Of Natural Products For Newborns
With all of the fuss over natural products for newborns, do you really know what is in them? Most formulas are nutritionally fortified to ensure that the baby receives all of the vitamins and nutrients that he or she needs. However, manufacturers often add additional items to formulas in order to increase the longevity of the product. It is important to read the labels of all of your favorite products and make sure that they do not contain artificial colors and flavors. Most natural products are not manufactured with artificial colorings, but flavorings, fragrances, alcohols and other artificial preservatives that are not beneficial to the health of the baby.
Taking Care Of Baby Skin
Many new mothers focus so much on the baby’s skin that they completely overlook its needs. The skin of the baby requires the same nutritional elements that an adult requires in order to stay healthy. Some of the most important ingredients to look for are vitamin E and essential fatty acids. You may also want to check the ingredients list for zinc and Biotin.
Newborn skin does not have a lot of oils produced. This is why formulas with natural oils are recommended for newborns. Keeping the baby’s skin moist helps to keep the body hydrated which promotes a healthy immune system. If the formula contains chemicals, it is best to avoid these. However, there may be some good oils that can be used in the formula as long as they are only the mild type of oil.
A Healthy Diet
A healthy diet should also be part of the formula. Foods such as cereal, fruits, vegetables and lean meats may help to keep the baby healthy. Babies that receive only breast milk or formula tend to develop allergies to certain foods. If you are supplementing your baby’s diet with natural foods, it may help to find a multi-vitamin formula that has all-natural ingredients. Some of these natural foods are apricots, peaches, sweet potatoes, walnuts, soybeans and tofu.
In The End
One of the most common questions mothers ask about is when is the right time to introduce these natural products into the newborn baby’s diet. There really is no set age. Some people wait until the baby is almost a year old. Others wait until the baby is two years old. No matter when you introduce these products into the newborn’s diet, you will be amazed at how well they will help.