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Caring for babies with sensitive skin


Advice on caring for your baby's delicate skin

Some babies have more sensitive skin than others, which can result in the skin becoming sore, itchy or inflamed. Here, we look at how you can prevent this from happening.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin develops when the natural skin barrier becomes damaged, allowing moisture to escape from the skin. When the moisture escapes, the skin becomes dry which leaves it vulnerable to irritants. These irritants then inflame the skin, which can make it tender and itchy.

What causes skin sensitivity?

Environmental factors such as seasonal changes, central heating, air conditioning, too much washing and not careful enough drying can all dry out the skin, making it more delicate and prone to itchiness. Heavily perfumed soap, washing powders and some alcohol-based wipes can also cause problems.

How to avoid skin irritation

  • Your baby’s bath water should be between 36°-37°C and baths should be quick and fun. Washing for too long can reduce skin's natural oils, increasing the risk of irritation. After the bath pat the skin dry rather than rubbing as rough drying can aggravate sensitive skin.
  • Dress your baby in natural fabrics like cotton and linen, which allow the skin to breathe more easily. 
  • Choose bedclothes made from natural fabrics, as your baby will be in contact with the fabric for long periods during the night.
  • Wash bedding regularly to keep mites and dust at bay.
  • Use laundry products that are of reputable quality and suitable for babies.
  • Look for laundry products that have been specially designed for use on babies clothes.


Eczema is a skin condition that affects 10 percent of infants. The severity of the eczema can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy; with more severe eczema the skin can become broken, raw and infected.

There are many causes of eczema. Some children inherit a tendency to develop eczema (atopic eczema, which is often linked to hay fever and asthma), while some children develop it as a reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance.

Eczema can look unpleasant but it isn't contagious. If you have eczema in your family you should consult your doctor.

For more information on eczema visit the National Eczema Society

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