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Is This One Thing Irritating Your Baby's Sensitive Skin?

Does your little one suffer from dry or sensitive skin?

It's quite common for babies to have dry skin because their oil-secreting glands aren’t fully developed yet. This means that the natural water in their skin will dry out quicker than the skin of an adult. In fact, because young skin is so much more delicate, it’s way more inclined to become dry.

That's why we need to be extra careful when caring for their delicate skin. There are lots of things we can do, such as reducing the frequency of baths, and also the time spent in them, using lots of moisturiser and keeping them well hydrated. But there is one thing that we may not necessarily have considered, and it's a pretty important one. What to Avoid:

At all costs, avoid scented products. Powders, perfumes, scented lotions and potions - they may make your baby smell lovely, but they will certainly only irritate the skin further. You might also consider using scent free laundry detergents.

 

If your child suffers from eczema or dry skin, fragrance in the form of liquid, powder or airborne can be a trigger and can lead to worsening of the skin condition. Scent particles can emanate from perfumes, aftershaves, air fresheners and cleaning products. Be mindful and use unscented products where possible. 

(Katherine Eve, Skin Care Specialist)

Less is more when it comes to baby's skin. Your little one really doesn't need a lot of fancy soaps, shampoos or creams. The product may smell "fresh" or "clean," but that lovely fresh fragrance is likely the result of a whole pile of chemicals. Heavily fragranced products are a leading cause of skin reactions and they can dry out a baby's skin. Watch out for the word "fragrance" on the ingredients list on all packaging of skin care products.

What are your favourite fragrance-free skin care products?

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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