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I received a mail concerning babycare skin products after my story was read in a national newspaper. It was someone who had noticed that the products she used for her children contained irritants. Because I have four young children I am always scrutinizing ingredient lists on baby products. To my amazement it appears that there are a large number of baby products that are far from mild. It is also not so surprising then, that the number of skin problems amongst young children is rapidly rising.

It is important that the natural oily layer on the skin remains intact when washing babies and young children. This oily layer protects the skin. Shampoos and shower gels, to some extent, remove this layer. This means: the more foam a product makes, the more harsh it is. Preferably wash them with water only or cut down the number of times your child uses products. You can even wash babies hair with just water. It is by no means good for your child’s skin to bath every day, and definitely not if you add foam or bubbles to the water. After bathing it is a good idea to apply a mild oil or cream to your child’s skin.

At least choose a babycare product which doesn’t contain perfume and avoid natural ingredients such as eucalyptus, thyme and lavender. These really won’t help your baby to have a better night’s sleep…

Regards Jetske

(Dr. Jetske Ultee-Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)

You can also read my blog ‘Perfume in Too Many Baby Products‘ and ‘My Little Boy in the Sun‘.

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