In our early years, skin tends to be more sensitive in general because it is thinner and more delicate. It has yet to develop the heartier protective barrier we develop with age. You likely know this because skin care products for babies and toddlers so often says “sensitive” and “formulated without…” a few common ingredients in adult products, but here are a few tips for young children’s sensitive skin:
*Pay attention to the laundry detergent. Parents are usually pretty good about getting sensitive skin care products at least partly because, as mentioned above, most products for the very young is formulated for sensitive skin anyways. But what about laundry detergent? It is not uncommon for people to just continue using whatever they were already using, especially if the child is no longer a “baby.” If you notice your child is developing rashes or itching in places typically covered by clothing, try a detergent made for sensitive skin.
*Don’t blindly trust “natural.” There is not much regulation on using the word “natural” in the skin care industry, so always check the ingredients as well. Also, remember that children (and adults, for that matter) can still be allergic to “natural” ingredients. An organic peanut will still cause a reaction to someone with a peanut allergy. In the same way, look out for reactions to specific ingredients.
*Sun Protection. Sunscreen is not recommended on children under 6 months of age because it can irritate their skin. Babies should be kept in the shade and their skin should be covered as much as possible. Even after 6 months, clothing & shade is ideal to help protect children’s skin from sun damage (REMINDER: the skin remembers UV exposure forever!).