The best way to care for your family's skin is to help them avoid irritation in the first place. Here are 8 tips to help you keep your house free of irritants.

When we talk about skin irritation in children, we use the medical term " high risk ". This term may sound serious, but it simply means that children are more prone to skin irritation if their parents or siblings have already been diagnosed with an allergic reaction.

Knowing how to avoid irritating your children's skin gives you the best starting point for protecting your family, which is why we’ve put together these tips to help you do just that.

Regular cleaning provides a dust-free home

In addition to dust particles, particles from animal hair and pollen can accumulate in your home from day to day. Regular cleaning at least once a week, combined with a thorough cleaning at least once a year, are important factors that help you keep your home free of irritation.

Keep the air clean

Ventilate every room in the home by opening the windows a few times a day, just for ten minutes or so - especially in the bathroom after showers and after cooking. Remember that it is about reducing the moisture content of the air, as a high moisture level can promote the occurrence of dust mites and mould (both of which can trigger eczema) [1].

[1] National Eczema Society - Factsheet, Household Irritants

https://eczema.org/wp-content/uploads/Household-irritants-Dec-18-1.pdf - p.2 "Central Heating and Humidity" 

Try to build a strong immune system

The immune system is the body's natural way to defend itself against everything from colds to infections. If you can breastfeed your baby, it can help give the baby's immune system a boost, which in turn can help lower the risk of skin irritation.

Keep your home warm all winter long

In winter, try to keep the indoor temperature at around 20 degrees. This comfortable level will help reduce the humidity level and can prevent mould and dust mites from developing (they can cause allergic reactions).

Wash new clothes before using them

New clothing often contains chemical residues that can cause allergic reactions, rashes or irritation across all skin types. So to ensure that it is comfortable to use the clothes for the first time, you should always wash new clothes before the child puts them on.

Keep soft toys clean and fresh

Dust mites often accumulate in soft toys, so wash them every two weeks at 60 degrees.

Dry clothes outdoors

Drying clothes indoors can increase the humidity in the home, so it is always best to dry your clothes outdoors. If you use a dryer often, remember to run the exhaust hose out of the home so you do not fill your home with hot air.

Be careful when choosing household products

When choosing products like dishwashing liquid and hand soap, look for formulas that help reduce the risk of skin irritation. This does not only mean that you should avoid chemically produced products: Even organic fragrances and essential oils, often used in natural products, can irritate all skin types. Look for simple, gentle formulas like Neutral. Our entire range is produced exclusively with mild ingredients that help you care for your baby's skin and reduce the risk of allergic reactions.