For sensitive skin in adults, I’m a huge believer in patch testing your skin whenever you’ll be introducing new skin care products. When it comes to babies, they definitely have sensitive skin, so it’s important to patch test them as well to ensure there is no negative reaction.
How to do a patch test on your baby:
The best place to patch test skin care or body care products is on the baby’s belly. Even if you’re testing for a face product, it’s much better to have a negative reaction on the tummy than the face.
Apply a small amount of product to the tummy (a 1”x1” area is ideal), rub in and wait 24 hours. If the skin looks exactly the same, then you’re good to go…
If the baby does break out in a rash, then obviously avoid that product. As for the rash, it will usually subside on its own, but contact your pediatrician if you are concerned.
Skin care ingredients to avoid for both adults and babies:
-Synthetic fragrance or perfume (the #1 cause of allergic reactions to products. Avoid products containing the word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the ingredient listing)
-Synthetic dyes (can be a skin irritant)