Being parents, we wish to provide the best to our babies may it be nutrition or skincare routine. Baby’s skin is very delicate compared to us and often susceptible to skin breakdown due to allergies, infection, dryness, and irritation from external factors, such as weather or skin-care products, therefore we need to be extra precautious before buying anything for them.
For that reason, the products that we are choosing for our babies must be organic in origin and well-tolerated on their soft skin.
As more and more consumers are recognizing the extended health benefits of organic ingredients, the demand for organic products is dramatically increasing. The market is filled with various baby care products that claim to be having the goodness of milk, honey, and other organic things, to moisturize and nourish a baby’s skin. In addition to the goodness of organic ingredients, these products also contain certain chemical ingredients which might be toxic and harm the baby’s skin. Therefore, choosing the right product for your baby's skin might be a challenge. The formulations chosen for the baby's skin require specific consideration and we as parents should be aware of it. Hope this information helps to clear your criteria for choosing the right organic baby care product.
What do you understand about Organic baby products?
Organic baby products are formulated with natural oil extracts and mild surfactants.1 These preparations are free of fragrances, dyes, or preservatives. They are formulated to naturally moisturize while retaining the neutral pH of the baby’s skin. These are non-allergic products, dermatologically tested, screened through allergy and toxin certifications, and 100% safe for newborns.
These blend naturally with the baby’s skin to provide them with unhampered growth.
Here is the list of Natural oils recommended that you should certainly check for before buying any baby care product1:
Grape seed oil
Safflower seed oil
Cranberry seed oil
Kiwi seed oil
Broccoli seed oil
Tea tree oil
On the contrary, there are some ingredients that you should avoid in your baby care product. These include Formaldehyde, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, and Propylene alcohol. These preservatives are added to control the growth of microbes in baby products but simultaneously, they are cancer-causing chemicals and might end up in gene damage and mutations if used for the longer term. Other than preservatives, artificial colorants, aroma-enhancing agents, and thickeners also cause severe damage to a baby’s skin.12
Top baby care product brand Johnson & Johnson, formulated its baby care range with carcinogenic ingredients - formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan, and phthalates, which they had to eventually remove to meet safety standards.4,5
How Organic Products are necessary for Babies?
Newborns, during the early weeks of life, have an even less developed skin barrier. It is more susceptible to chemical damage, and, therefore at more risk.
The natural moisturizing factor of the baby’s skin is also low. The sebum levels that retain the natural moisture in a newborn baby’s skin start falling right after a week of birth
Also, the baby’s skin has a high tendency to directly absorb the topical products, therefore, the chemical-based skincare product may be harmful in the long term.8
However, this absorption tendency can favor the baby’s advantage by absorbing nutrients from natural ingredients deep into the skin. That being so, special skincare with natural ingredients in newborns, is necessary.
Besides, natural ingredients present in baby products are multi-functional and are less likely to cause any allergic reaction in long term.
However, it’s better to discuss with your pediatrician before exposing your baby to a new doubtful product.
Valuable Inventions for baby care
For complete care, there is a huge range of organic skincare products specialized for infants that includes body wash, massage oil, shampoo, moisturizing lotion, talc, night creams, diaper rash creams, mosquito repellents, sunscreen lotions, detergents, and cleansers available in the market.
But it’s important to a pick product that meets the safety standards.
Another important factor that determines a baby’s skin is pH. The ideal pH of the baby’s skin is in the range of 5 – 5.5 .9 Therefore, the baby’s skincare products should have ideal pH of 5.5 and should be formulated with only mild surfactants that are harmless.11
Liquid soaps and especially syndet bars are the most recommended for the sensitive skin of newborns and infants, to persist the efficiency of the baby’s skin barrier.10
Cradle cap, a very common fungal infection in a baby's scalp can lead to a bad case of dandruff. An organic and mild shampoo is recommended to relieve the same, without changing the pH of the scalp.
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Bathing dries out the baby’s skin because it washes away the natural moisture from the skin. Therefore, bathing time should be kept minimal, and the temperature of the water should be optimum.
Mustard oil has been an integral part of traditional massage but it should be avoided for babies for its harmful effects on the skin. Allyl isothiocyanate present in the mustard oil can cause contact dermatitis.2,3
Also, the application of oil to babies should be avoided if dermatitis or heat rash is seen along with the cradle cap.
To maintain the proper level of hydration, moisturizing at regular intervals is recommended while there is still some moisture left on the skin.
According to Pediatric sunscreen and safety guidelines, parents need to use a sunscreen labeled as broad-spectrum which will protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Also, sunscreens with Physical blockers are more effective and safer than chemical blockers. The 2 currently FDA-approved physical blockers are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which are safe to be used on a baby’s skin.13
Besides, the combination of mosquito repellant and sunscreen should be avoided at the same time.