Dr. Jennifer Huang, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
1. Bathe no longer than 10 minutes.
Babies’ skin is extra sensitive, so bathing for longer than 10 minutes can dry out and strip your baby’s skin of its important natural oils. Bath your little ones in lukewarm, not hot, water.
2. Use Organic Bath Soak as a gentle washcloth for immediate, soothing relief.
The soak contains potent ingredients that have been scientifically proven to help eczema and dry skin: colloidal oatmeal, coconut, black tea and dead sea salt. Packaged in a soft, biodegradable sachet that doubles as a cleansing cloth, this luxurious bath experience helps to replenish the skin barrier to keep all skin types healthy and hydrated! Use the bath soak bag as a washcloth for gentle cleansing, remembering to apply it to the face and behind the ears.
3. Only use fragrance-free products.
Did you know that just like all of the other organs in their bodies, baby skin is still growing and maturing after they are born? Their skin is thin and sensitive and can react to ingredients that adult skin does not react to. Fragrances can be irritating and result in future allergic reactions. When it comes to baby skincare products, the simpler the better! EllaOla skincare products don't use any fragrances or essential oils. Both are top allergens for babies and kids.
4. Follow gentle skincare instructions.
- Bathe for less than 10 minutes with a gentle cleanser, like Superfood Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
- Pat (don’t rub) dry with a soft, absorbent towel
- Immediately put on a thick moisturizer, like Hydrating Baby Lotion, from head to toe
- Use moisturizer like Moisturizing Baby Face Cream more frequently in sensitive or exposed areas such as the face
5. Moisturize 2 times a day.
Did you know that there are literally cracks in the skin of children with eczema?
The skin is made of millions of skin cells that are glued together with various human proteins. In babies with eczema, this glue doesn’t work well and cells do not stick together tightly. There are gaps in between the cells and literally cracks in the skin. This problem is often inherited. These gaps and cracks cause the skin to dry out easily and get irritated easily. This is why it is so important to frequently moisturize the skin of children with eczema. Good moisturizers help to fill in these gaps and cracks in order to protect the skin from dehydration and irritation.