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How does baby lotion work?

Baby lotions are essentially a blend of oil and water with other ingredients added to give them their pleasant feel, colour and light fragrance. They are designed to cleanse, moisturise and protect your baby's skin and can be used as an alternative to baby wipes.

Baby lotions can be used with cotton wool as a cleanser at nappy changing time or used to give baby a relaxing massage to help rehydrate the skin. Thanks to their gentle nature and cleansing properties, baby lotions are often used by adults as a make-up remover on their own skin.

Baby lotions are specially formulated to be kind to very young skin. However, if you suffer from sensitive skin, there are a number of fragrance-free options on the market. If your baby's skin is irritated, you should seek the advice of your doctor, health visitor or other healthcare professional.

Are baby lotions safe?

As with all cosmetics intended for use on children under three years old, baby lotions have to pass their own special safety assessment, so parents can feel reassured that they are safe to use on young children's skin. You should, however, avoid using baby lotion on newborns and very young infants as the skin is still developing; it is initially better to use cotton wool and water as advised by healthcare professionals.

Where can I find out more?

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