Baby rashes or Eczema is a common skin condition in babies. Some rashes may come and heal with time using the baby's ointment. Then, some rashes just won’t go away and may spread to other body parts as well. If you notice this happening, then it is an allergic reaction to a chemical in the baby care products, specifically, the baby wipes that you might be using. You should immediately discontinue their use and consult your pediatricians.
What is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact Dermatitis is a skin reaction caused when the skin comes in contact with specific chemicals or allergens. As babies are born with immature skin barriers, their skin will absorb these chemicals easily. So, there are high chances of contact dermatitis in babies than adults. Recently, pediatricians have reported an increase in such cases and most of the allergic reactions are due to synthetic fragrances and a preservative called MI/MCI used in the baby wipes. The British Association of Dermatologists has reported MI/MCI/ synthetic fragrances are the most common cause of contact dermatitis after Nickle allergies in the babies.
The most common signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to baby wipes are:
- Scaly, itchy rash on bottom, mouth, hands, and anywhere else you use wipes to clean your baby
- Redness and swelling
- Bumps on the skin that develop into sore blisters
- Peeling skin
If you see any such signs on your baby's body, understand that you are using the wrong products. Also, keep in mind that these symptoms worsen if those chemicals come directly in contact with the skin. So, consult a pediatricians the very first moment you spot symptoms on your baby’s skin. The treatment for contact dermatitis varies according to the child’s age and severity of the condition. Here is the primary treatment you can do at home:
- Gentle cleansing: Wash the affected area with mild soap and plain water as soon as possible.
- Wipe with wet cloth: Wipe the affected area with a clean cotton cloth or balls dipped in plain water to wipe your baby.
- Use a cold compress to relieve itching if the skin condition is severe with oozing.
- Apply ointments prescribed by your pediatricians from time to time.
It might take a few days to weeks to completely relieve the itching and redness. Be consistent with the treatment and remember that prevention is better than cure.
How to protect Babies’ skin from skin reactions?
Every mother needs to realize that their baby’s skin is sensitive and has a thin barrier. Therefore, their skin is vulnerable to such reactions to chemicals that don’t suit them. Even baby soaps, lotions, and shampoo may cause skin allergies on your baby’s skin since their skin is extra sensitive and porous.
Moms, you need to choose Baby Care Products that suit your baby’s skin, and are safe for them, especially Wipes for Baby. Baby Skincare Wipes should be clean, natural and suitable for your baby’s sensitive skin.
Mother Sparsh 99% Pure Water Baby Wipes are made from plant-derived fabric and pure water. They are as good as cotton and water to clean your baby's soft skin. They are hypoallergenic, 3x thicker and fragrance-free! 99% Pure Water Baby Wipes are soft and gentle on your little one’s sensitive skin. Whenever you Buy Baby Wipes Products Online, make sure you do a patch test on your baby for reaction. Mothers, always remember to check product labels for ingredients that commonly cause allergies. Don’t worry, rashes are common in babies!
In case the rashes are persistent, you should consult your pediatricians.