When can I start using regular soap on my baby?

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When can I start using regular soap on my baby?

Baby wash is the safest product which you can use for cleaning your child for the first 12 months. Skin care products formulated for babies are non toxic and they do not contain dyes, deodorants, and alcohol that adult products do. A harsh ingredient can be irritating to a baby's skin. It can cause a reddish rash after a bath, and babies do not need the deep lathering effects which adult soaps provide.

Mary Spraker a pediatric dermatologist at Emory University and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology says that regular soap is designed to dissolve oily body odor and babies do not have any problem with that. She says you do not have to use any soap or cleanser at all for a baby. You will need to clean the baby's bottom and the folds of the skin around his arms and legs. Once he is eating solid food, you will have more areas to clean.

Till your baby is one year old, you need to use products which are designed for babies. Or you can use a very mild soap which does not lather up on parts of the body that need it. You have to keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends bathing babies just two or three times a week for the first year. Frequent baths can dry out a baby's skin especially during the winter season. If you soak your baby in a tub of sudsy water, then it can lead to urinary tract infections, especially in girls.

If your baby has eczema, the symptoms may appear red, scaly and dry patches of skin on the face and in the bends of elbows and knees. If you see them, you will have to ask your pediatrician to prescribe a treatment. Your pediatrician should also recommend a bathing and skincare regimen. Children having eczema can be very sensitive to the ingredients in soaps and lotions.

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