When it comes to preventing baby rash, there are many all natural options you have this summer! Heat, humidity, extra time playing, and exposure to the elements can all increase you child’s chances of dealing with diaper rash, sweat rash, or heat rash – so being prepared will make sure that baby rash doesn’t blot out your summer fun!
The best place to start when it comes to avoiding rashes is with your washer. Make sure that you are using all natural laundry soaps that are hypo-allergenic and are gentle to sensitive skin. When your child sweats, wets, or gets warm, leftover harsh detergents can move to the skin causing irritation and outbreak. If you feel this is happening in your home, switch to a gentler detergent and consider using an extra rinse cycle to make sure all of the soap gets removed from what you wash. Soap Nuts are an all natural alternative to traditional laundry detergent!
Next, consider the soap you use in the tub. Making sure that you select all natural, gentle, and allergy-free soaps and shampoos is a great way to keep irritants off of your baby’s skin. Just like laundry detergent, leftover soap residue on the skin can cause irritation when mixed with sweat, pool water, diaper moisture, or even humidity. Make sure to follow up bathing with a penetrating moisturizer to lock in the hydration and cut back on itching and scratching in your child.
Finally, when it’s time to change your child’s diaper – do it as soon as possible. A dirty diaper combines moisture, stagnant air, heat, and irritants which create the perfect environment for irritating baby rashes. Changing diapers as soon as possible cuts down on how long your baby’s sensitive skin is exposed to these elements, and it gives you an extra opportunity to dry and moisturize before the elements take their toll. Possibly consider cloth diapers, as there is less exposure to chemicals.
As the heat and humidity rise this summer, add these simple steps to your daily baby care schedule and you and your baby will both be thrilled at the lack of irritating rashes!
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