Shampoo/Wash for sensitive skin

Carmen - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Has anyone found good baby wash/shampoo for sensitive skin? I've tried Aveno and Mustela and my little guys skin is still dry and he has a really flaky scalp. I don't wash his hair everyday. I've tried gentle naturals for cradle cap and mineral oil then wash after with baby shampoo and neither one has helped his head. Just curious if anyone has had luck with anything else.

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I had the exact same problem! My doctor actually suggested an adult shampoo--Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo. I was a little apprehensive using an adult shampoo on my newly born baby, but I only used exactly what he needed and then rubbed a little Aquafor on his scalp (no rinsing). Worked very well. Ask your doctor if this is okay :)

Melissa - posted on 04/13/2010

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My daughter has sensitive skin and eczema as well and I wash her in Aveeno and use the lotion two or three times a day, which is also what I have to do for my dry skin as well. My doctor told me to only give her a bath every 3rd day unless she gets dirty and to make sure I lotion her at least twice a day. My daughter also had bad cradle cap until she was 7 months old and still sometimes it comes back a little bit and I just put a little olive oil on it and use the soft bristle brush that they gave me in the hospital to scrub it. Aveeno works well for me but I also have to use prescription eczema and diaper rash ointment on my little one. I would try Cetaphil if I were you because I've heard good things about that too.

Ashley - posted on 04/10/2010

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have you tried a soft bristled brush (like a nail brush) for his cradle cap? my dr told me to soap up his head with the mild dye free soap and lightly scrub little circles over his entire scalp twice a week! It worked wonders with my little man and he had AWFUL dry skin on his head that came off in huge flakes no matter what I did! As far as his body goes have you tried the all natural dye and fragrance free baby lotion after bath time? My little guy has dry skin an eczema so I know what you are going through! good luck!

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Hillary - posted on 05/12/2015

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shea moisture brand, sold at target stores. it's all i've ever used for my daughter. and i recently started washing my hair with it too, since all of the other products i've ever tried in the past have made my fine hair look about as limp as noodles. also, try rubbing unrefined coconut oil into his scalp as opposed to mineral oil. good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 09/09/2011

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For the longest time I denied the idea that this would just pass. Now that my son is 2 and it was such a short time, when finally put into perspective, it really isn't anything to worry about. It WILL pass despite what you think and even if it seems to last an eternity. I think too we constantly compare children. I think my son had it for MAX 3 months. See, I can't even remember....something so pity to waste time and money worrying about:)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/05/2010

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I had to use Aveeno and I also apply lotion right after she gets out of the tub.

Sherelle - posted on 05/02/2010

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My oldest has eczema and dove is what he still uses today. When he was a baby I found Aquaphor by Eucerin worked pretty good. Aveeno also has a baby soak that I loved but it was really hard to find. But I would give him a bath in that once a week and then put baby oil on his skin to lock in the moisture. Cocoa or shea butter also helps and u can use the shea butter in his hair. If you can try to get it from a health or whole foods store it will be more pure.

Karna - posted on 04/23/2010

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In South Africa we have a rooibos tea, which is excellent, and from this they derived the Anniques Rooibos tea products. You can use this even on eczema type of skin. Maybe you can google Annique, and see if you can find it somewhere.

Shanica - posted on 04/23/2010

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My son had eczema so we are using Dove Unscented Babywash and Vaseline Cream (White Tub) as lotion and it has helped him alot. We also use Olive oil and Coconut oil to massage him before his bath.

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Same as PP: cetaphil and olive oil for the cradle cap. I would rub in the olive oil with her baby brush right after she was undressed and let it sit. I would wash her hair last, using the brush. She's 10 mo and its finally gone! She also has ezcema and cetaphil works great! You can also use A&E ointment on the rough patches. It works great for all chapped skin and diaper rash.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/16/2010

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My Doc said the same as Kristi Williams and Tami Bradley. Dove Body Wash and Cetaphil lotion. Neither of these are baby products.

Andrea - posted on 04/16/2010

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African Black Soap is another very mild option. you can get it unscented in liquid or bar forms. I buy mine from www.sheabutterhut.com.

Jennifer - posted on 04/14/2010

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My 10 month old son has Ecsema. The Dr told me to use Dove Sensitive Skin. It woorks well and we cover him with Aveeno lotion after each bath. So far so good. I had to stop washing him in those smell good baby baths cuase it was drying out his skin. Hope this helps.

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I used Spectro gel baby shampoo and lotion. My son has eczema, and it really helps hold in the moisture.

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My son doesn't have that problem, however, we do use Method Baby. It's made of Rice Milk and Mallow, very gentle. Good Luck.

Griselda - posted on 04/13/2010

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Try the Cetaphil soap in combination to the Cetaphil lotion. That has been the only thing to help my baby. Dr. said it was eczema:( I have really dry sensitive skin and my little dude got it too. Ever since I switched him to Cetaphil his skin looks incredible! Ihope you find something for your little one.

Shirley - posted on 04/13/2010

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We used Goat's milk for all the cases of dry skin in our house. We would bathe with Goat's Milk wash and then do a layer of Goat's Milk cream before pjs went on. I also will rub a little baby oil on the head after bath to help prevent or treat cradle cap. Just put it on and leave it in.

Tara - posted on 04/13/2010

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California baby worked great for my son, who has dry and sensitive skin. Aveeno never did work for us.

Tami - posted on 04/12/2010

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My little one was sensitive to soaps, and we used Cetaphil soap and lotion. It is so gentle that if you don't rinse it off, it is ok, it just continues to moisturize. For cradle cap I read to use olive oil, a few drops, and massage into the scalp to encourage the flakes to come off, but I never had to use that - just remember filing it away just in case. Olive oil is a good moisturizer too, or jojoba oil. good luck!

Kristi - posted on 04/10/2010

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oh i know what you mean when krimson was smaller she would break uot when we used anything at all even baby oil...we switched to unscented and sensitive skin dove body wash and it cleared right up...also we would put the baby oil in her bath because it was to strong for her skin but with water it was just fine...

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