We often find new mothers getting worried about the hair on the new born’s body. Then they start researching about the reasons and home remedies to Get Rid of New Born Baby Body Hair. And yes mothers always rely on the age old natural ways and home remedies to get rid of them. So, in this post tried and tested home remedies are discussed to get rid of New Born Baby Body Hair.
New Born Baby’s hair is mostly found on the shoulders and back of the new baby. Those fine hair on the newborn body is called “lanugo.” Such hair is shed naturally and it may take anything between a few weeks to a few months to disappear.
Before writing down the Home Remedies to get rid of New Born Baby Body Hair, let us know some more details and advantages about newborn body hair. Even if it does not look so good, this initial body hair is advantageous to the little one.
1. While the baby is still in the womb, Lanugo acts as a protection on her tender skin.
2. The damage which can be caused by the amniotic fluid inside, Lanugo avoids it.
3. It also holds together the vernix caseosa. A greasy wax-like layer that covers your baby’s skin in the womb to keep it warm and moisturized.
4. It is helpful at the time of birth by facilitating easy passage through the bony cervix.
Now you know that your baby’s body hair doesn’t have any disadvantage. Though it’ll go automatically, below are some Home Remedies to Get Rid of New Born Baby Body Hair that are easy to follow and actually work.
Massage with Olive oil is one of the best home remedies to get rid of New Born Baby Body Hair.
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Apart from facilitating the removal of the body hair, massage gives you a quality time to spend with your newborn. If your baby’s body is not accepting olive oil, you can try other essential oil like coconut oil or any good baby care brand’s massage oil.
I belong to East UP and there, massage with mustard oil is very common for newborn babies. I found many doctors recommend avoiding mustard oil massage but my personal experience with mustard oil is good. Mustard oil keeps the baby’s skin moist and soft. It’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties helps in treating rashes/ infection.
Now, there is another tradition that is being followed in Eastern UP region. After massaging the baby, a dough made with wheat and gram flour is rolled over the body of the newborn. It is believed that this process helps to reduce the body hair and also prevents body odour. Now, I am still to find the connection of this dough rubbing and body odour, however, this method is one of the really effective home remedies to get rid of New Born Baby Body Hair.
In some families, an Ubtan made with lentil (urad daal), almond and milk, is used as a remedy for newborn body hair.
A word of caution: “Be gentle” while massaging or using Ubtan. Newborn are very delicate and their skin gets affected by the harsh message.
So, these were the home remedies to get rid of New Born Baby Body Hair.
It is very common that a baby is born with fine visible hair on his or her body. It automatically gets shed in the first few weeks after birth. The remedies that I explained above are not very necessary to follow as naturally the hair shedding may take only a little longer. Howbeit, if your baby has not shed the initial hair within a maximum period of six months or is developing darker hair, then you must consult a doctor. This could be a sign of a serious condition and you should not delay it with using home remedies.
Do you have any more tips or Home Remedies to get rid of New Born Baby Body Hair? Do share with us in the comments below.
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