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Ev­ery­thing that you need to know about baby wipes

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY POORVA CHA­VAN

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.

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