Safe Soap guide for Pre-schooler

                    

When do you stop using the baby washes and start using regular shampoos and soaps on your pre-schooler?

While some paediatrician’s advice not to use soap for the first two years of life, once your baby is 12 months old you can start using regular soaps that are mild for their fragile skin.

When it comes to children’s cleansers, there's an array of products to choose from, whether it's baby soaps, shampoos, or body washes. So how do you pick the best one? Run-down to the safe product guide..

Choose the right type

When you go the baby body bath store, you get overwhelmed seeing so many options. What you need to first figure out is what type of product you want- Bar soaps, body washes or shower gels?

There is no reason you can’t use shampoo on your baby’s body. Shampoos, in fact has more ingredients than a simple bar of soap. Using baby body wash is a safe and preferable choice. Anyways which when you buy any new soap, take a trial and if there is any rash or skin reaction, immediately change the soap.

Go for gentle baby cleansers

When it comes to soap for your baby’s body, you should choose a body wash or soap that specifies 100% natural ingredients. Any harsh ingredient that is present in the soap can be irritating and cause rash. Use soaps that are free of potentially harmful chemicals. Any harsh ingredient that is present in the soap can be irritating and cause rash.

Analyze the ingredients

To protect the skin, steer clear of soaps that contain alcohol, glycol, propylene and other chemicals. These are all known harmful toxic substance present in baby products. Also, choose a dye-free soap because the red dye that is commonly present in soaps causes allergies in kids.

Go for natural solutions

Natural solutions are beneficial for skin. They help in maintaining the skin oils and are always best for sensitive skin, Look for a product which contains ingredients like almond, milk, cocoa butter, honey and olive oil.

Do not go for extra lather soaps

Remember, during bath time, you do not need deep lathering effects from head to toe; just use soap for cleaning his neck, underarms, knees, bottom and privates or the areas that actually get dirty and sweaty. Avoid soaps which gives extra lather as it consists extra chemicals. 

Opt for fragrance-free baby soap

Kids are sensitive to scented soaps. Scented soaps might have the quality of drying out the skin. Moreover, some kids tend to dislike particular fragrances. Hence, it is recommended to use fragrance free soaps, as they do not contain any chemicals that can make the skin dry.

Avoid antibacterial soaps completely

Antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids as they claim to be. They are not much effective than regular soaps in killing bacteria. Even regular hand washing soap or solutions remove dirt and germs from hand. Moreover, we do not need to continuously  expose our children to antibacterial agents.

Note-The content is for opinion purpose only. For any recommendations, please consult with a healthcare professional.

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Is your pre-schooler overscheduled?

                       


Activities like sports, art classes, and musical lessons at earlier ages offer kids a great chance to discover and explore their interests. Most of all, they're fun! But the key is to keep them in a way that kids aren't overwhelmed and exhausted.

Now a days parents wish to see their children excel in multiple areas and therefore kids are enrolled into various extracurricular activities.

So how do you know if you are enriching your child's life or overscheduling them?

To help you find a good balance for your child, below are some key points to consider.

Ground rules

1.Plan 1 activity per season. For instance, schedule the classes two times a week during regular days.

2.During vacations – Enrol into the various camps that are offered ( Summer camp, winter camp etc) close by.

3.Being overinvolved with every activity they participate may lead to lesser attention academically.  Its better to drop an activity   when academics needs more time.

Allot reasonable time

Set reasonable timing for extracurricular activities depending on  kid's age and interests. Try to balance activities by having periods of downtime in between activity to activity.

Schedule Downtime

Children need unstructured time to relax themselves. Let them play or relax in whatever way they want. Sometimes this unstructured time helps them in exploring and learning on their own.

Give family time

Your relationship with the child is equally important for his/her emotional development. Don’t compromise on family time for extracurricular activities as they will miss the chance to learn and develop a bond with the family.

Have a bar with your expectations

Every child is different –

1.Never compare with peers.

2.See if the child is enjoying and liking the activity

3.Encourage the child to practice 1 activity at least for a certain amount of time.

Signs of being overscheduled

Pay attention to your child’s responses to his/her overscheduled routine. Anything  should not take a toll on their emotional, physical and mental health.

·         Reluctance towards the activity

·         Shows sign of avoiding the activity with various excuses

·         feel tired or anxious

·         feel sleepy during the day or lack of sleep at night

·         complain of headaches and stomachaches, which may be due to stress.

·         loss of appetite or they’ve started missing meals


If you feel your child shows any of these; eliminate 10% of the activities right now.

 

Stay organized

Keep a calendar to mark the entire month schedule. If you find all days fully occupied on the calendar, make some empty space by deleting some activities. Just do nothing on these days to give kids the much-needed break.

Know if it’s really joyful

Look at how much your child is enjoying his/her overall routine. If your child is comfortable and happy even with being involved in multiple activities, then you probably don't have to worry.