It’s upsetting to see a baby with severe eczema, which often occurs on the face, neck, arms and legs. Some cases are so bad that off-the-shelf moisturisers fail to tackle the problem and doctors have to prescribe topical steroids, which are in themselves harmful to the skin when used excessively.
Infant or baby eczema is an increasing problem and many cases are the result of harsh chemicals and perfumes found in the many laundry detergents and softeners we use today. A huge number of parents have found that after treating the existing eczema which may be dry and inflamed, switching to laundry formulas that don’t contain these irritants, prevents the condition from reoccurring.
Baby eczema support website itchybaby.com lists washing detergents as one of the main factors in eczema flare-ups, saying “A very common eczema trigger seems to be detergents. Simply changing laundry products to non-bio formulations is often nowhere near enough.”
For a powerful wash with minimal risk to your baby’s skin, substitute your normal detergent for Dri-Pak Soap Flakes or Dri-Pak Liquid Soap Flakes, which are pure, allergen free and contain no perfumes.
Itchybaby.com goes on to explain the difficulties in removing detergent build-up, which is also a factor in skin irritation, but one that can be easily remedied. They say, “Eczema caused by detergents is a difficult issue to try and resolve, because it’s also the residues left in clothes after washing that seem to be a trigger, and these residues can be very persistent and difficult to remove.”
They recommend the use of Soap Flakes and Soda Crystals together, for the gentlest and best result - “Old fashioned soap flakes are especially kind to skin and clean clothes well, but will still leave a residue and scum build-up (especially in hard water areas). So they will take a bit more rinsing and possibly additions of washing soda crystals too.”
Dri-Pak Soda Crystals work perfectly alongside our Soap Flakes. Not only do they help to remove and prevent further residue build-up in your laundry and machine, but they soften water, reduce the amount of soap needed for an effective wash and are a powerful stain removal agent; whilst being gentle enough to use with all your baby’s clothes and towels. Simply add half a cupful to your wash load.