Eco-Friendly Skin Care for Babies

Baby skin is generally very sensitive and particular care needs to be taken when using any forms of skincare products lotions or oils on your baby.  It might surprise you to know that many of the baby skin care products on the market contain ingredients that can cause skin irritations and other allergies.

Many manufacturers of baby care products are unfortunately focused first and foremost on their profits and they know that packaging and marketing are what sells their products more than anything else.  For this reason, they will add fragrances and colorants to enhance the look and smell of the product in the hope to boost sales.  Unfortunately, it is these very same colors and fragrances that can play havoc with your child's comfort and health causing skin and breathing issues. 

Having eczema and skin irritations is a big factor in why many babies are unsettled and cry a lot.  Look at the ingredients on the packs and see if they have included any chemicals or colors that could be causing problems.  If you believe that the products you are using are causing this then stop using them and see if there are any improvements in your baby's skin conditions. 

Another thing to consider with babies is the fact that they have always got their hands on their mouth and anything that comes in contact with their hands is likely to get ingested so for this reason anything that you put on your baby's skin needs to be safe for them as more often than not it will get transferred to their mouth.  Any moisturizers or powders that   put on the skin need to be safe not only due to the fact that babies do put their hands in their mouth but also because substances can be transmitted into the bloodstream transdermally through the skin.

Quite often skin products that we might use on our skin such as oils and moisturizers can block the pores of the skin and stop this process of toxin elimination and allowing the skin to remain healthy and clear.  Check to see if you are using any types of lotions or oils on your baby skin that could hinder the skins ability to eliminate toxins which can be detrimental to their health.    

You shouldn't be using the same products on your baby as you would use on your own skin even though baby skin can become quite dry.  It is important that you use dedicated baby skincare products that are designed specifically for the type of skin that a young child has taking into account sensitivities and various other factors.

All natural products are generally the safest to use but even then you need to be sure that the products that you are using are suitable for a young child as even natural ingredients can cause skin irritations and other health problems.  if you do decide to use natural products be sure to check the ingredients before buying as many of the companies that market these 'so called natural products' use additional ingredients to make their products more 'marketable'.

Take your time in selecting baby products and always be on the lookout for any signs that they could be affecting your child.  If in doubt, discuss these matters with your child’s doctor. 

You can always make your own products as that will be one surefire way to know exactly what is going into them, however, as a new parent you're probably already coping with a shortage of time and energy so it might not be feasible.  If you’re feeling ambitious you can try making your own reusable baby wipes – they’re super simple!

DIY Baby Wipes

Use soft cloths.  If you need to, cut a bigger cloth to the right size.

Use a container like a coffee ground canister.

In the container, mix together the following:
* 2 cups of distilled water
* 1 TBS each of aloe vera, olive oil, witch hazel, and liquid castile soap 

Add the oils from 2 Vitamin E capsules.

If your child doesn’t have allergies, you can even include some essential oils to add a fragrance that you like.  Just add about five drops to the mixture above.  Stack the cloths, put them in the container, then pour the liquid over the cloths. You can stack them full all the way to the top if the lid goes on.  Seal and flip over so that cloths soak up all the liquid.  Keep sealed between uses.  Toss each cloth into a diaper pail after use.

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