What to Watch Out for When Choosing a Soap for Your Kids or Baby

There's nothing more important to us all than our health and safety, especially when it comes to our children. Kids, toddlers, babies, and newborns all have skin that can be sensitive to chemicals and ingredients in some products, and if we're not reading ingredients carefully, it's possible to overlook a source that may be causing some negative reactions for you and your loved ones.

Some skin can be totally non-reactive to all kinds of things, while others' skin can swell up, turn red, or break out in hives and patterned rashes simply due to the presence of an oil, perfume, scent, or color dye in a product. Everyone is unique. Having a product trigger a skin reaction after use is not uncommon for many new parents. When it happens, then immediately follows the questions; What did they eat? What were they exposed to? What if this doesn't go away on its own? Reactions can even provoke different forms of reaction from one to the next so it may not always look the same.

This is why it can be critically important to read product labels, take note of which products and ingredients may be triggering even the smallest of reactions and look for alternative products that don't have those chemicals or ingredients present. Especially dangerous to consumers alike are all the pseudo-science based products that profess to be organic, or artisanal - the bottom line here is, you want something that has been inspected and tested by your government authority and is manufactured in a controlled environment. Brands matter, trust is everything to parents.
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When it comes to serious reactions, just in case, you should be aware of the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, which are commonly:
  • Breathing; Short of breath, coughing, chest tightness, difficulty to swallow, lips turning blue where oxygen is being limited.
  • Skin; The face, lips, tongue could be itchy, swollen, red, inflamed.
  • Stomach; Pain, or throwing up, sore.
  • Anxiety; Potentially a sense of impending doom, headache, taste of metal, 
If any of these reactions cause concern of course do not hesitate to seek help and see a doctor immediately, and if you have an Epi Pen you're likely already familiar with its' use if it's a known allergic reaction source, these things are not to be taken lightly and can escalate into life threatening situations very quickly. 

With soaps and creams and shampoos though, you're most likely to see signs on the skin if anything is being triggered or sensitive to something in the soaps you're using.