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Soaps are a wash out for baby’s skin

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Bathing babies too often may cause skin problems such as eczema and rashes, experts warned in a recent report that claimed infants to day were twice as likely as their parents to suffer sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

BY Amy Anderson 4 July, 2007

A British survey of 2000 parents carried out by Mother And Baby magazine found six out of 10 babies were bathed every day, 20 per cent were bathed every other day and only 19 per cent were bathed the recommended two to three times a week. In addition, 60 per cent of mothers used antiseptic wipes on their children’s faces and hands, some more than five times a day. Yet experts warned that a baby’s skin was five times thinner than an adult’s and required very gentle treatment.

The survey found 37 per cent of baby boys and 33 per cent of baby girls had sensitive skin problems potentially as a result of being bathed too often in harsh soaps and detergents.

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