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Do you know what you are putting on your baby’s body? I tell parents all the time to be very cautious especially when companies claim to be “all natural”, “organic” or baby safe because most times, these are just marketing claims that have not been verified. Check your labels, research ingredients, do some independent testing if you must. Millions of parents around the world are ditching big brands and are switching to handmade bath and body products for their tiny tots and this is why.
A few weeks ago, a mother called us in tears narrating how since her baby was born (he’s 18 months now), he has had extremely dry skin (eczema) and she gets so frustrated seeing him struggle and not being able to help him or take on his pain. She had tried everything…and I mean, EVERYTHING from doctor’s prescriptions to the most expensive creams on the market and none seemed to work in the long term.
At the point she called us, she figured she had nothing to loose and so we did a consultation and she settled on Baby Fever and our unscented baby salve (custom order). We also offered her some home remedy tips to help soothe his dry skin and a few days later, she called back saying that her baby slept right after bath time with minimal fuss for the first time. Our weekly progress reports have all been positive and he is a much happier baby! It is important to note that there is no known cure for eczema but it can be managed.
As a general guide for us, we typically recommend unscented products for babies (they still smell great) until we can isolate the fragrance as a trigger. We also use specially curated oils and butters that are known to soothe, calm and gently cleanse their delicate skins, while imparting and retaining moisture.
Some home remedies for dry, itchy babies.
- Oatmeal Bath: blend 1 cup of oatmeal and put in a muslin cloth and tie up with a piece of string. Dump the bag of blended oatmeal in the baby’s bathwater and use to bathe the child. Oatmeal contains polysaccharides which become gelatinous in water and helps to trap moisture to the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves itchiness.
- Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Mask: Have a spa party with your tiny tot by mixing ground oatmeal, milk and honey and slathering all over the body for 15 minutes to sooth and relax your baby’s inflamed skin. Honey is a very effective humectant which attracts moisture from the air onto the surface on which it is placed.
- Oil Infusion: Adding a few tablespoons of oil (Olive, Coconut, Sweet almond, Sunflower, Avocado, Grapeseed, Jojoba) to your baby’s warm bathwater can help to keep your baby’s skin from drying out immediately after a bath.
- Always moisturise your baby’s skin immediately after bathing, while his/her skin is still damp.
- Avoid using hot water to bathe your baby…hot water strips the skin of oils (tepid/ lukewarm water is best).
- Be wary of products that contain parabens and sulphates on your baby (including baby shampoos, conditioners, wash etc.)
- Pay special attention to the detergent you use to wash your baby’s clothes as these could be triggers for eczema flareups.
- Children should never consume essential oils orally. Be very cautious when using essential oils on children as it is not advised to use essential oils on babies less than 3 months old.
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