When Your Baby says, "Bath!" Just Use Organic, All Natural Products ...
Many bath products intended for babies are actually filled with harsh chemicals that aren't suitable for adults, let alone infants and children. A baby's skin is tender and soft and the harmful chemicals in most bath washes, soaps and shampoos are damaging and can cause dryness and allergic reactions. Organic baby bath products are hypoallergenic and contain none of these chemicals and preservatives. We all understand the importance of going green and avoiding chemicals to circumvent the effects of environmental hazards such as pollution. This is especially true for babies and small children. Hypoallergenic bath washes and shampoos are gentle on your baby's skin and protect him/her from rashes, allergens and other problems.
Babies are precious; and, it can be unsettling to a new parent when he or she is afflicted with skin problems, especially painful or irritating ones such as baby eczema, which is unfortunately, quite common. Thankfully, eczema is easily treated, even in infants.It's important, however, to understand the different forms that eczema can come in before you begin treatment.
Cradle cap is probably the most common form of eczema in infants. It is caused by a build-up for dead skin on a newborn's scalp, and is usually very mild, and only temporary.The best treatment for cradle cap is to simply wash the affected area with a pure, organic baby shampoo after softening the area with a natural cream or pure olive oil. Avoid baby oil as most, if not all, may contain petrol-based ingredients. Rarely the area might become infected, especially if your infant is irritated in the area and proceeds to rub or scratch at the area.If this happens, your doctor will most likely prescribe an antibiotic cream to use for a short period of time.In most babies cradle cap is gone by 6 months.
Diaper rash is another common skin ailment that is usually caused by wetness in the diaper rubbing against your baby's skin. Because a baby's skin is so delicate, the rubbing, along with irritation caused by the feces and urine, can cause a rash, which in rare cases leads to infection.
Diaper rash is a great example of what is known as "irritant contact eczema", which means it's a type of eczema caused by a harsh irritant from the outside coming in contact with the skin. This is most often seen with babies who wear cloth diapers who aren't changed often enough. While cloth diapers are probably better for the environment, there are some wonderful organic disposable diapers on the market that can be used if persistent diaper rash is a problem.
You should also refrain from using harsh soaps and baby washes while treating diaper rash. Look for organic diaper rash creams that don't contain parabens or other chemical compounds that might further irritate the skin or contribute to long term problems.
"Atopic" eczema is the most well-known type of eczema, and it typically begins in babies who are three months old or older. Atopic eczema is thought to be genetic, and it usually affects a baby's face, and outer limbs. Beyond suspecting that this condition is somehow inherited, little is known about what triggers this type of eczema. Mothers can help to lower their baby's chances of getting atopic eczema by eating organic, natural foods while they breastfeed, to reduce the chance of exposing your baby to allergens, or by using a natural, organic formula if breastfeeding isn't an option.
While breastfeeding reduces the chance that your baby will develop atopic eczema, it doesn't completely prevent it. Even while nursing, you should avoid cow's milk, certain nuts and other known allergens, especially if eczema runs in your family.
All Organic Baby Products should be free from:
- Artificial fragrances that can cause skin allergies and interrupt the daily workings of your baby's reproductive, immune and nervous system.
- Active drying agents such as triclocarban or inactive ones such as sodium chloride, and glycerin which can cause bruises, itching, and rashes.
- Paraben-based preservatives.
- Petro-chemicals and/or mineral oils that reduce your baby's skin's ability to absorb nutrients. These also clog your baby's pores which will result in less toxins being released.
- Phthalates and Lanolin
An ideal organic product should be 100% safe for your baby.Because of popular demand and a growing awareness, organic, all natural products have become more and more popular as well as affordable.Whereas, even ten years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find organic products for infants in the grocery or drug store, now most big companies are beginning to use organic ingredients, or run organic lines of already-popular products.
Still, it is important to read the ingredient list, especially when buying for your most important commodity – your child. Be mindful that while many products will claim to be "natural" or "organic" not all products are alike, and there is still not enough regulation in place that would make these manufacturers back their claims up. A great place to look would be a health food store, or a vitamin shop, and much research can be found online to help you choose the product that is best for you and your child.
Your Baby Loves "Bath Time," Just Ask!
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