How to Prevent Skin Irritation for Your Baby

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by SarahD on September 14, 2010

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Methods of Preventing Skin Irritation for Your Infant

As you have no doubt swiftly discovered, babies have extremely sensitive skin.  The tiniest environmental irritant can wreak havoc on your child’s dermis, and don’t even get started on the harmful chemicals found in everything that comes in contact with their skin, from diapers to clothing to shampoos and lotions.  And while you have painstakingly spent years developing a skin-care routine that works for you, you haven’t the first notion as to how to go about protecting your baby’s outer shell.  You feel like you’re starting at square one!  However, there’s no need to panic over every little scratch or diaper rash.  There are plenty of ways to treat these minor lesions and irritations, but what you really want to do is prevent them.  So here are a few tips that are sure to keep your baby’s delicate skin as smooth and unblemished as the day you brought them home from the hospital.

1.  Use natural cleansers.  Shampoos, soaps, and lotions found in retail stores may claim to be gentle for your baby, but they often contain a plethora of harmful chemicals (parabens, sodium laureth sulfates) and additives like fragrance and dye that can leave your baby’s skin itchy or irritated.  Instead, opt for natural or organic products.  Just be sure to check the ingredients  since using the “natural” label doesn’t actually come with any regulated guidelines.

2.   Try cloth diapers.  Disposables may seem like the easier avenue, but they are manufactured with chemicals like bleach, fragrance, and hydrogels (which turn your child’s urine into a jelly-like substance).  Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are often entirely made of cotton, which is both absorbent and breathable (meaning less diaper rash).

3.  Green your cleaning routine.  Just because you don’t have your hands on every surface of your house (including the floor) doesn’t mean you can say the same for your infant.  And everything they touch goes straight in their mouth, including whatever chemical cleaners you use throughout your home.  You may think that cleaning solvents that utilize natural ingredients won’t do the job, but research and development in recent years has produced a slew of toxin-free products that work just as well as your Windex or 409.  So do your child a favor and make sure that their hands are touching citrus extract or almond oil instead of bleach or ammonia.  And think about switching your laundry detergent, as well.

4.  Find sustainable fabrics.  Organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo are all good choices when it comes to outfitting your child (and their sleeping space).  They are grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers and are bound to be gentler on your baby’s skin.

5.  Buy organic.  People often don’t realize the effect that the foods we ingest can have on our skin, and babies can be awfully prone to food allergies.  So when it comes time to start giving your child baby food (or even adult foods) select organic options that are grown without pesticides (plants) and raised without hormones or antibiotics (animals).  This will ensure that you’re not protecting the outside of your baby only to unwittingly pollute their insides.

Sarah Danielson is a writer for a kids t shirt printing company. If you’re looking to create your own custom clothing, take a look at the selection that T Shirt Printing has to offer.

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