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Splish, Splash—Time for a Soothing Bath


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Splish, Splash—Time for a Soothing Bath

Now What?!?

Smart Fixes for Life’s Little Disasters. Adapted from Real Simple magazine, October 2017.

My son gets a rash after he takes a bath.

THE FIXES:

  • It could be that residue from harsh cleansers is irritating your child’s delicate skin. Ensure that any bathtub cleaning products are thoroughly rinsed away before he bathes.
  • Better yet: Try using a tub and bathroom cleaner that is free from irritating ingredients.
  • You may also try switching to an unscented body cleanser, says Gregory Young, MD, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Some kids are sensitive to fragrances and other chemicals found in bath products.
  • Hint: Look for a mild shower gel or body wash free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.
  • It’s also possible that the water temperature is the problem. Dr. Young recommends using lukewarm bathwater and limiting bathing time to just a few minutes for younger children and 10 to 15 minutes for older ones. Soaking in the tub may remove natural oils that protect the skin, so apply a moisturizer after bath time.
  • Hint: Be sure and dry them off with a soft, super-absorbent towel that is gentle on kids’ sensitive skin.

Safe Soothers

comment_2What is your go-to elixir for soothing irritated, dry or even sunburnt skin? Is there a homemade remedy you use for your kids’ sensitive skin? Tell us more about your favorite salve or skin-soothing treatment in the comments below.

Has your skin ever been irritated by soap, cleaner or detergent?

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Sadiemae
Sadiemae
4 years ago

I am LOVING our new body balm for the dry areas of my skin. I’ve also been trying it out on my son’s little sore chin from constant lip licking…. but previously and still on baby bums I use a homemade salve that includes herbs like plantain, calunda, mullein and she’s butter/ coconut oil. A friend makes it and it is soothing and works on those little rashes!

Carla Janzen
Carla Janzen
4 years ago

We discovered our granddaughter was allergic to chlorine and purchased a chlorine filter from Carbon Environmental Boutique in Edmonton. It has made a world of difference for her.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
4 years ago

I love this “read between the lines” commentary on the bullet points. So many people think they KNOW how to “avoid irritants” without ever stopping to identify and define just what those irritants ARE! Great post!

Tanya Aoyagi
Tanya Aoyagi
4 years ago

I love this post! My oldest child is incredibly sensitive to cleansers & body care products, so switching away from bubble baths & store-bought cleansers was HUGE for his skin. It’s hard to believe now that he used to have eczema patches all over his body–his skin is clear and healthy now! I love being able to wash my kids with just a cloth & water or a gentle, safe cleanser when we want bubbles.
We use a lot of Shea Butter, and we have a local WAHM who makes an amazing salve with coconut oil, beeswax, and organic herbs that is magic on sores and diaper rash.

Kim Metzger
Kim Metzger
4 years ago

I use the Norwex shower gel as a shampoo for a healthy scalp.

Taryn Crawford
Taryn Crawford
4 years ago

I like to use coconut oil for dry skin.

Heather Wiese
Heather Wiese
4 years ago

I like coconut oil on my skin—straight up! ; ]