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It is heartbreaking to see rashes on your little one’s young skin as a result of that itchy condition, eczema. Worse when he’s wailing in frustration from the unbearable itch. To prevent flare-ups or cause more damage to his delicate skin, make sure that your baby’s soap does not contain harmful ingredients.
So, watch out for substances like glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol that tend to dry or irritate the skin. Choose bath products that are free from artificial preservatives like methylparaben and butylparaben, which can trigger inflammation. Opt for natural preservatives like neem or grapefruit seed extract instead. While you might think a lightly scented soap can make bathtime more inviting — besides leaving your little one smelling oh-so-sweet — such chemicals can do more harm than good.
Choose products with natural ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, which acts like an emollient to moisturise and heal inflamed skin. Emollients form an oily layer above the skin, which helps it trap water, thus relieving dry and irritated skin.
By the way, if you’re switching to a new soap, stop its use and seek medical advice if you spot any flare-ups. Check out these tried and tested washes that soothe your tot’s skin even as they clean: