Everything that you need to know about baby wipes
Everything you need to know about baby wipes
For every mum out there, their baby’s health is the top-most priority. When it comes to hygiene and skin care, moms are uber careful. And rightly so; the baby’s skin is sensitive and needs extra attention especially when it is subjected to regular wiping and cleaning. Diaper rashes and bacterial infections are a big worry, and need to be curbed in time. While water and cotton cloths have been conventionally used for this purpose, today baby wipes are a handy and convenient option for most mums. Different types of baby wipes And what more can you ask for when there are different types of baby wipes available at your disposal. Bum wipes are specially designed to wipe the diaper area of the baby. Since the area is highly sensitive and subject to rashes, bum wipes are usually made of purified water and are gentler on the baby’s skin. In fact, some brands also make oilbased bum wipes. Kruti Sharma, mum to 8-month-old Jay, says, “I was advised to use only cotton and sterilised water to wipe my newborn’s bum. But, I wasnt warming up to the idea at all. I came across these oil wipes from a renowned skin-care brand, while I was browsing on Amazon. I decided to give it a go, and it was the best decision ever! He never suffered from dryness or rashes. Having said that, it is only because this was a credible brand that I took the chance. It was a pain sourcing for these whenever they wen tout of stock since they are imported.” Then, there are hand and face wipes which can be used to clean other parts of the baby’s body. These contain a moisturising lotion and leave the baby’s skin soft and hydrated. They are especially formulated to get rid of food stains, and help to clean, well, baby’s hands and mouth, in addition to sanitising feeding bottles and accessories. Purvi Shah, mum to 1.5-year-old Diwit, says, “I love the convenience of hand and mouth wipes,, whether at home, or when travelling. Not only do they help sanitise my li’l one’s hands, they are also useful with all the cutlery constantly being thrown on the floor. The ones that I use also keep stains at bay, and make after cleaning a breeze!” Apart from these, there are a host of antibacterial wipes available, including those for surface as well as for fruits, toys and baby’s feeding essentials. These are apparently great to ward off infections.
WHAT ALL WIPES CONTAIN
Preservatives Most baby wipes contain preservatives such as methylchloroisothiazolinone/ methylisothiazolinone. It is a commonly used preservative in baby wipes and wet wipes and has a combination of antibacterial
and antifungal properties. Some baby wipes also contain alcohol as a preservative, but can be harsher on the baby’s delicate skin. “Even though baby wipes are super convenient, I have always wondered about the effect of preservatives of my baby’s gentle skin,” says Aditi Mittal, mum to Itara, 2. “My daughter has very sensitive skin, and is prone to eczema. So, I always used only plain water to wipe her. Thankfully, that has helped in keeping the flareups at bay,” she adds. Fragrances Fragrances are added to baby wipes to provide a better cleaning experience. They tend to mask diaper odour giving the mom and the baby a cleaner and fresher feeling. Moisturiser Cotton cloths, if not soft, can irritate the baby’s delicate skin. As senior pediatrician Dr Khandelwal says, “Undoubtedly, clean, sterile water is best to wash baby with. But, if proper care is not taken as regards the kind of material used, it can do more harm than good. One needs to be extremely gentle as baby skin is very prone to dryness. Ironically, water in itself can be drying if used in isolation. Besides, any residue can cause infections.” Baby wipes, on the other hand, contain a moisturiser that leave the baby’s skin soft and supple, thereby reducing the chances of rashes.