Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Can Your Baby's Laundry be Washed in Regular Detergent?

Many parents start their infants with a gentle laundry detergent in the first few weeks of life. Yet parents often find that these gentle detergents don't cut it after a while. Sometimes they are too gentle to remove tough stains such as spit up and baby food. Fortunately, baby detergents aren't necessary for little ones, no matter how young they may be.

If you're unsure of whether it's time to make to the switch, start off by tossing one or two articles of your baby's clothing in with the rest of the laundry. Make sure you choose clothing that your baby wears against the skin as well, such as onesies or cotton pants.

If your little one shows no reaction - itchiness, red skin - then you're in the clear! It's actually quite uncommon that children have allergies to the dyes and fragrances in detergents, so this reaction is unlikely. Also, consider that your infant is being held by you, rubbing up against your own clothes that are washed in regular detergent. No reaction to this is also a great sign.

If you want to err on the side of caution, you can still use a gentle detergent for your child while cutting out the cost of expensive baby detergents. Many companies offer free and clear detergents that have no dyes or fragrances added to them. They're no more expensive than regular detergents and can be used for the whole family.

What if your child has eczema? This is a common skin condition that includes dry patches of skin that are itchy. They often occur on the elbows and knees. If your child has the skin condition, stick to free and clear detergents (or baby ones) for the first year. The chemicals in the detergent can cause further irritation.

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