Baby balm is often chosen by parents as a topical (topical) medication to help relieve flu and cough symptoms that occur in children child. But before giving it, make sure the baby balm you choose has a safe and safe content give maximum benefit for your little one.
Compared to adults, babies' skin is thinner and more prone to irritation. This is why balm for adults cannot be used on babies. Baby balm must be specially formulated for babies and children, and with ingredients that are safe for the little one.
Balm Ingredients That Are Safe for Baby
Baby balms will generally contain natural ingredients such as flower extracts chamomile and eucalyptus which is believed to be effective in relieving cold and cough symptoms, as well as making you sleep more soundly. Use a baby balm that is lightly scented so that it makes the baby more comfortable while sleeping.
Both of these natural ingredients are safe to use for baby balm because they have good benefits for your little one, namely:
- Extract chamomile
When you have a cold and cough, your little one tends to be fussy and has trouble sleeping. now, apply baby balm containing extract chamomile can help solve both problems. Chamomile has a natural relaxing effect that can overcome sleeplessness in infants and adults. Chamomile It has also been shown to relieve symptoms of anxiety and make a person feel calmer.
On the other hand, chamomile relatively friendly to baby's skin. When applied to the skin, chamomile can even help overcome skin irritation and help the wound healing process. A number of studies have also noted the effectiveness chamomile which is quite good for the treatment of eczema.
- Eucalyptus radiata
In addition to being processed into essential oils, the leaves of eucalyptus It is often used as one of the basic ingredients for making baby balm. Baby balm with this content is useful as a natural cough medicine that helps with nasal congestion and coughing up phlegm.
From a study, it was found that this plant can increase immunity in fighting bacteria, as well as reduce inflammation. There are also studies in children showing that topical medications containing eucalyptus able to relieve coughs and nasal congestion at night, thus helping them to sleep better.
It is important to know, there are two types: eucalyptus that is Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalpytus radiata. Eucalyptus globulus is a type that is widely used as an essential oil or topical medication, and is safe to use for adults and children over the age of 2 years. As for babies, the content of baby balm that is safe to use is the type of Eucalpytus radiata.
Make sure you read the ingredients on the packaging label before choosing a baby balm. Choose a baby balm specially formulated for babies and children under 2 years of age.
To avoid unwanted effects, make sure you follow the instructions for use listed on the packaging label, especially for baby balm to be applied to the chest, neck, and back. Avoid applying baby balm in the area of the eyes, mouth, face, genitals, hands, and on the child's skin that is experiencing irritation or injury.
If your little one has certain medical conditions or has allergies to ingredients in baby balm, consult your pediatrician first before deciding to apply baby balm. If an allergic reaction occurs, stop use immediately and consult a doctor.