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Sabon sa Bungang Araw ni Baby: What Should Parents Look For?

Sabon sa Bungang Araw ni Baby: What Should Parents Look For?

When your baby has bungang araw or prickly heat rash, your first thought would probably be to purchase a recommended sabon sa bungang araw ni baby. But, is that the best action to take? Find out here.

Why Causes Prickly Heat?

Prickly heat happens due to trapped sweat under the skin. Babies commonly develop bungang araw because they have smaller sweat glands and are less able to regulate their body temperature.

Bungang araw, which looks like tiny, pink bumps, usually appears in the chest, back, and neck area. They are itchy and typically develop during summertime when it’s hot and humid.

How to Treat Prickly Heat

Before you buy a sabon sa bungang araw ni baby, know that home remedies are enough to resolve the problem in most cases.

The following tips often help:

  • Keep your baby in a cool place.
  • Make sure that their skin is cool and dry.
  • Consider applying a cool compress to the affected area.
  • Bathe them regularly.
  • Make them wear loose, breathable clothes and loosen their diaper a bit.
  • Ask their doctor for anti-itch creams, such as hydrocortisone.
  • Skip lotions or ointments in the meantime as they can cause further irritation.

What to Look For in Sabon sa Bungang Araw Ni Baby?

Should you decide to purchase a prickly heat rash soap for your baby, here are the helpful guidelines.

1. Choose A Soap That’s Specifically Made For Babies

Remember that your baby’s skin is sensitive and prone to irritation when exposed to strong substances commonly found in products made for adults.

For this reason, when choosing a sabon sa bungang araw ni baby, make sure that the soap is made specifically for babies. This holds true for all the other skincare products you want them to use, such as creams or lotions.

2. Consider Choosing Liquid Cleansers Than Bar Soaps

For sabon sa bungang araw ni baby, why not try a gentle liquid cleanser?

While there’s nothing wrong with bar soaps – as long as they contain non-irritating substances – liquid cleansers reduce the risk of rubbing the bar directly onto your baby’s skin.

Liquid cleansers are gentle on the skin. You can even mix some with the bathwater.

3. Make Sure It Doesn’t Contain Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Some of the potentially harmful ingredients you SHOULDN’T find in a prickly heat rash soap for your baby are:

  • Phthalates – Substances used to create plastics. They are linked to increased cancer risk.
  • Parabens – They are associated with hormone disruption and even cancer.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate – They irritate eyes and skin, and are linked to cancer as well.
  • Fragrance – They are often made from harsh chemicals.

4. Depending On Your Baby’s Skin Condition, Consider Hypoallergenic Soaps

Not all babies need hypoallergenic products, but if they have conditions, such as allergies or eczema, you might want to talk to their pediatrician about hypoallergenic soaps or cleansers.

Just a quick reminder, though: just because the soap says hypoallergenic doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful chemicals. Hypoallergenic only indicates that the soap is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

When to Seek Medical Help

Bungang araw usually resolves in a couple of days. Contact your baby’s doctor as soon as you can if your little one:

  • Has rashes for about a week now.
  • Develops other symptoms, such as fever or sore throat. They might indicate an infection.

Key Takeaways

In most cases, sabon sa bungang araw ni baby is not necessary. But if you decide to buy one, make sure that it’s specifically made for babies and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals. Also, consider gentle liquid cleansers instead of bar soaps and hypoallergenic products if your baby has sensitive skin or known allergies.

Learn more about Baby Care here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

When Your Child Has Heat Rash (Prickly Heat), https://www.saintlukeskc.org/health-library/when-your-child-has-heat-rash-prickly-heat Accessed September 7, 2021

Heat Rash, https://www.seattlechildrens.org/conditions/a-z/heat-rash/ Accessed September 7, 2021

Baby Rashes 101, https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/family-resources-library/baby-rashes-101 Accessed September 7, 2021

Green Parent Guide: Chemicals to Avoid, https://www.womensvoices.org/avoid-toxic-chemicals/pregnancy/non-toxic-baby-tips/toxic-chemicals-in-baby-products/ Accessed September 7, 2021

“Hypoallergenic” Cosmetics, https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-labeling-claims/hypoallergenic-cosmetics Accessed September 7, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 3 weeks ago
Fact Checked by Kristel Dacumos-Lagorza
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