Prevent Eczema in Babies, Baby Eczema Prevention By Avoiding Daily Baths

The National Eczema Society urged parents to clean instead of bathing their babies daily to prevent eczema risk in babies. Most parents like to opt for daily, long baths for their babies, but it can cause skin problems.
According to the National Eczema Society, the higher levels of water used in baths today could be linked to the increased number of babies suffering from eczema as too much water and many bubble baths make the skin dry..

In the 1940s, only 4% of babies were diagnosed with eczema in comparison to 25% of babies in 2010. There was a 41% increase between 2001 and 2005 alone. Margaret Cox, from the National Eczema Society, blames the phenomenon on daily bathing.

"People don’t realise bathing in just simple water can dry out the skin and I don’t think many people appreciate how damaging soap can be," said Margaret, reports the Daily Mail. She adds, "We should take bathing back to cleaning rather than seeing it as some great experience, as I don’t think we are doing our skin any good. Very small babies do not get very dirty other than around their mouths and in the nappy area, so top and tailing with a cloth and warm water every day plus a couple of baths a week should be adequate. Older children should be bathed when they are dirty."

Margaret's voice finds agreement in skin experts who believed that daily baby bathing can remove the essential oils from its skin, making it dry, leading to eczema and other skin allergies in babies. Read more about how to prevent eczema in babies.


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