Rashes are tiny bumps that grow on the surface of the skin and they spread with time. They are often caused by eczema and other skin issues. They come with itching and discomfort. Here are eight common causes of rashes in babies.
Some babies react to certain foods, especially when you are trying to wean them. This is why you should study your baby’s diet to know when rashes appear and control them. Some babies might need time to adjust to other meals besides breastmilk.
2. Baby wipes
Baby wipes come in handy when you need to change diapers, clean up and do not want to use water or it is not at your disposal. However, some of these wipes might contain ingredients that can cause irritation to the babies. Some wipes contain alcohol, fragrances and preservatives which may trigger dermatitis. Symptoms may include red, itchy, dry skin, hives, burning, stinging and diaper rash. You can opt to wet a washcloth in a plastic bag if you feel wipes irritate your baby.
Some sunscreens can be irritating to the skin. Sunscreen is made to protect the skin against UV rays. Some may irritate the skin instead.
Triclosan is an ingredient found in some antibacterial soaps, body washes, kinds of toothpaste and cosmetics. It may cause dermatitis in babies with sensitive skin.
Soaps contain formaldehyde which may irritate the eyes, lungs and skin. Soaps are common triggers for eczema. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is one of the most common skin issues in babies and young children. Look for mild soaps that cannot irritate your baby’s skin.
6. Shampoo and conditioner
In your attempt to wash your baby’s hair, you might want to use shampoo and conditioner meant for adults. These liquids contain fragrance, which is a potentially offensive agent, so are formaldehyde, phthalates and 1.4 dioxane. All these are found in shampoos and conditioners and can cause dermatitis.
7. Laundry detergent
Some laundry detergents contain chemicals that trigger contact dermatitis. This is a rash that occurs when something that irritates the skin touches it. Use hypoallergenic laundry detergent instead.
Some clothes are not good for kids. Or you should at least know what they react to. Your baby’s skin may react to lacy materials. Opt for cotton for 80% of your children’s clothing.