Does your baby or young toddler get skin rashes? It’s not uncommon for infants to have sensitive skin; it’s up to you, as the parent to treat delicate skin and know when to seek medical treatment.
We live in a world of fragrances and additives which may cause your infant’s sensitive skin to develop a reaction. Fortunately, the organic movement provides parents with many options to keep baby’s skin free from irritation. If you see signs of rash or irritation, look at common products you use for the baby and see if switching to a product with fewer chemical additives makes a difference.
Things Which Contribute to Skin Rashes on Infants and Toddlers
- Flame-retardant or synthetic baby clothing
- Baby wipes which contain fragrances or alcohol
- Anti-bacterial soaps
- Fabric softeners
- Harsh household chemicals
(Source: Common Causes of Skin Rashes)
Another cause of skin rashes is overwashing. Your baby does not need a bath every day, nor does she need to be scrubbed with soaps, and never with an adult soap. Try to use soapy water, instead of applying soap to the washcloth. To wash a baby’s face simply use warm water and a baby washcloth.
It is important to keep babies from sitting too long in wet diapers, as wet skin can develop diaper rash. Changing diapers more frequently, letting the baby ‘air-dry’, and using diaper rash ointment if needed, will help avoid or eliminate the irritation. Extreme heat or overdressing can also cause children to break out in a heat rash. If your baby develops dry, flaky skin use a moisturizer formulated for babies, preferably one that contains few or no artificial ingredients.
Baby bedding can be a culprit sometimes. Avoid using scented laundry products and consider buying organic baby sheets and blankets. They have the added benefit of a chemical-free production as well as feeling soft and natural against your little one’s skin. Little Butterfly Kiss carries a full line of organic products for infants.
It’s important for you to watch skin rashes carefully. Rashes that last a long time, look excessively red and inflamed, or begin to ooze should be examined by your pediatrician.
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