When can I use adult skin lotion on my baby?
The BabyCenter Editorial Team
Most adult skincare products contain additives — such as fragrances, dyes, and alcohol — that baby formulas don't, so avoid using them on your baby's skin for at least the first year. "Babies tend to rub their eyes and some of these ingredients can be irritating," says Mary Spraker, a pediatric dermatologist at Emory University in Atlanta and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology.
Formulas that contain exfoliating ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids can burn your baby's skin, especially if he has a tiny crack or cut. Spraker also warns against Bag Balm or other heavy ointments that are marketed as great for animals and humans. These products are too strong for babies and they may contain potential allergens.
If your baby has eczema (symptoms include red, scaly, dry patches of skin, especially on the face and in the bends of the elbows and knees), ask your pediatrician to prescribe a treatment and to recommend a bathing and skincare regimen. Children with eczema can be particularly sensitive to the ingredients in lotions and soaps.
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