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Three Easy Tips to Help Treat Baby Rash and Eczema in Babies


QUEENSLAND, Australia December 2014 – Newborn skin is soft, sensitive and delicate, and an infant’s immune system is fragile. While adults can absorb up to 60 per cent of what is rubbed on the skin in to their bodies, children take in 40 to 50 per cent more than adults. As most baby care products contain parabens, dioxane, formaldehyde and many other harmful chemicals, baby rash, chafing and eczema is commonly triggered on the skin.*

Fortunately, irritated, red and sore infant skin can be soothed when these chemicals are not used, but there are also many other ways to help safeguard a baby’s immune system and stop the development of allergies and rashes.
My Eco Sponge, a natural sponge range for adults and children with sensitive skin, shares three easy tips for new parents.

1.  Avoid using baby products in the first few months after birth. Since an infant’s immune system is still developing in the first few months of life, their skin is susceptible to baby dry skin, rashes and irritations. Newborns are born with a natural protective covering called vernix caseosa, which is a white substance that inhibits the drying and cracking of infant skin, and naturally peels away during the first week.

2.  Avoid bathing the baby frequently. Do not forget that newborn skin is soft, sensitive and delicate. To keep the baby safely clean, bathe in warm water and use My Eco Sponge (MES) only, twice or thrice a week for the first year. Too many chemicals from soap can cause baby dry skin and eliminate the natural oils that safeguard infant skin. Washing away the natural oils can leave the newborn exposed to allergens in the environment, which can set off common reactions that cause eczema in babies. In between baths, it’s okay to only wash the baby’s face, neck and nappy area with water and a MES sponge. Studies show that a parent’s gentle touch can stimulate the production of oxytocin - often called the love hormone - which increases immunity, improves parent and child bonding, and helps fight ailments. If a rash or skin irritation is making the infant uncomfortable, gently massage and stroke the skin to relax and soothe the baby. Massaging can also help with sleep.

3.  Always check labels. The more parents know about product labels, the more secure they will feel when using baby products. This includes labels on detergents and soaps. Only use laundry detergents that are fragrance and dye-free on clothing. According to My Eco Sponge owner Jen Hill, konjac – the main ingredient in the sensitive skin care sponges – was originally utilised to care for delicate infant skin. “The soft texture of the sponge, along with the natural non-toxic cleanser, makes it ideal for cleansing a newborn’s sensitive skin,” says Jen. “But after a time, mothers realised that the benefits of konjac extended far beyond caring for infant skin. It’s also perfect for sensitive skin sufferers.”

My Eco Sponge Baby can soothe eczema in babies and inflamed cheeks from windburn, sunburn or teething. It also works well healing nappy rash.

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