In reality rashes, bumps, spots and other irritations are common, especially during your little one’s first year because his skin is still developing.
The topmost layer (known as the epidermal barrier) doesn’t fully mature until he is around one year old, says Dr Lynn Chiam from Children and Adult Skin, Hair and Laser Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Medical Centre.
Compared to older kids, infant skin is 20 to 30 per cent thinner, shares Dr Ong Ian, a paediatrician at Thomson Paediatric Centre (Parkway Parade). This makes it less resilient and more prone to drying out and irritation.
Besides, babies come into contact regularly with milk and food stains, as well as urine and faeces, all of which can cause further irritation to their birthday suit, Dr Chiam points out.