The gel from the Aloe vera plant has a variety of healing properties, including soothing skin, according to the authors of “Aloe Vera: A Short Review,” published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology. The inner gel from Aloe vera leaves contains amino acids, vitamins and antibacterial properties, and many baby care products, lotions and ointments contain Aloe vera because it has both healing and soothing properties. If your newborn experiences skin issues such as dryness or cradle cap, you might apply Aloe vera to soothe the irritation.
Check with your newborn’s pediatrician prior to applying Aloe vera to the baby’s skin. Your baby’s pediatrician might suggest or provide an alternative topical ointment.
Place a small amount of Aloe vera onto your index finger and apply it gently to your infant’s skin in areas with dryness, cradle cap or mild irritation, suggests the University of Maryland Medical Center. Work the Aloe vera in until it disappears into your baby’s skin.
Repeat the application method once or twice each day to soothe your baby’s skin and promote healing.
- Watch your baby’s skin for signs of increased irritation. Although rare, Aloe vera may cause an allergic reaction in some people.
- Do not use Aloe vera on open sores or deep wounds, advises the University of Maryland Medical Center.
- Never give an infant Aloe vera orally; use Aloe vera topically only.
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