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.


  • 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

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