If you have a new angel baby in your life skin care is one of your top concerns. Just about every mother can tell a story of diaper rash, cradle cap or eczema that just wouldn’t go away. Like any Mom you will try just about any idea or advice that someone gives you. You look for that magic soap that will make it all go away. Some items you try work, but for a short time. So you end up frustrated and at a doctor’s office asking for help. Usually, you walk away with an expensive prescription for a cream that works, but that rash or eczema comes back once the presecription is used up and you don’t know why. Here are the secrets we find work best for dealing with eczema for your angel baby.
Understand the remedy is not in the soap you’re using but in the products you’re avoiding. This is the golden rule when it comes to finding soap for eczema or any skin care product for your baby’s eczema. Your angel baby’s eczema and rashs are often triggered by exposure to something, not by a lack of using soap or lotions.
Eliminate the exposure to sulfates. If you could only do one thing to help out your little one’s sensitive skin this would be it. Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are just a few of the common forms. Sulfates are in laundry detergent, liquid soap, dish soap, hand soap, shampoo and just about any cleaning product. It’s even in toothpaste and some hand lotions and body lotions. While sulfates do a good job at cleaning away dirt and oil they also do a great job at irritating skin and especially baby skin. They are a very small molecule and can penetrate the pores of your skin causing irritation. So when shopping for soap or lotions for your infant or toddler look for products that are sulfate free.
Look for all natural body products. Caution: Just because something says “natural” on the label doesn’t make it so, but it’s a good start when shopping. TRUE natural products will not contain sulfates, parabens, siloxanes, methicones or dimethicones.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. The best defense is often a good offense. Keep your loved one’s skin hydrated even when their eczema isn’t bad. Once you get control of their eczema and all is well remember it can come back at any time. Use that all natural lotion you found and keep your angel baby skin supple and soft.