MyMicrobiome Standard 20.10 tests products for our baby's skin
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We feel particularly as advocates for the innocent baby skin, as babies cannot decide for themselves and are dependent on the decisions of their parents. That is why our special mission is to inform parents and all adults in charge of child care about the sensitive skin of babies and infants with our seal.
For a healthy infant skin
The sensitive baby skin
After birth, baby’s skin has to adapt from a previously sterile and wet environment to a now gaseous surrounding with various impacts, such as sunlight, bacteria, fungi, but also mechanical impacts like contact with cloths and chemicals. Clothes are mostly chemically treated, and also the ingredients of detergents and softeners get into the baby’s system through the skin.
The birthing method is the very first event that decides over what kinds of bacteria will prevail on the child’s skin. Babies born by Caesarian section first get into contact with typical skin bacteria Staphylococcus or Streptococcus. On the contrary, babies delivered vaginally first get into contact with the maternal vagina microbiome, which is Lactobacillus and C. albicans strains. Skin already colonized is harder to be occupied for other strains, so the way of delivering is a key moment in the development of baby’s skin microbiome. Consequently, the skin of section babies is colonized predominantly by Staphylococcus and Clostridia, as opposed to the microbiome of naturally born babies. This very first happening decides over later proneness for skin diseases, asthma and obesity.
The skin of new born babies holds a similar composition in all the parts of the baby body. Within the first year of the child’s life, the various body areas develop more specific compositions. The prevailing strains are gram-positive Firmicutes (see Capone et. al.). As on adult skin, the baby soon develops site-specific microbiome compositions on its arm, head, bum and so on that best meet the various requirements and conditions.
Also, the mother’s condition, general health, intake of antibiotics during pregnancy and delivery, and duration of pregnancy influence the order of colonization of baby’s skin. Premature babies show an increased level of Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Escherichia, Enterococuus and Corynebacteria.
It is to be assumed that a “scheduled” colonization during the first few months of a child’s life makes the skin a reliable barrier against (inflammable) infections and further disorders. According to the recent state of science, this colonization even seems to influence the homeostasis and self-regulation of the skin during the entire adult life.
Furthermore, recent studies indicate a correlation between skin and gut microbiome. The so-called gut-skin axis has a far greater influence on the health of an adult as we have estimated, so far.
This is why the sensitive baby skin and the complex development of a healthy skin microbiome has to be protected and supported by parents. For the use of baby care products goes: less is more.
Dr. Kristin Neumann
For the use of baby care products goes: less is more. Babies don’t need to be bathed too often and with only water, at best. The use of care products should be limited as far as possible and the ingredients should be free of preservatives and pH-neutral. Our seal ensures the product does not hinder the complex development of the child’s microbiome. With this we guarantee quality for parents and children.
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