Study says you shouldn't bath your kids every day

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Media

Nolan has a bath every night. He plays hard, my son, and invariably finishes the day with dirt in his fingernails and random food caught in his hair. But even on the rare occasions he isn't a walking Pigpen, he still seems to enjoy the ritual. Bath time signals floating toys and warm respite, a ritual to the beginning of books and bedtime. The few times I've skipped his bath, it's been harder to get him to shut his eyes.

I was interested to read this article about a recent study that warns parents not to bathe their children daily. A chief executive for Allergy UK, a British charity, noted that there "are more and more chemicals going into baby soaps and shampoos these days, and none of them helps if a baby is prone to sensitivity." The article sites the provocations and worsening of skin conditions such as eczema as possible results of a daily bath. Apparently, a baby's skin is five times thinner than an adult's, and experts recommend a bath two or three times a week, max.

Sodium lauryl sulphate is a key ingredient in many baby soaps and can inflame conditions like eczema. Anyone know of a good sodium lauryl free baby soap?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.