Is Your Baby’s Natural Bubble Bath Causing Irritation?

Everybody loves a bubble bath – it’s good, clean fun! Bath time is a wonderful way to calm your little ones after a busy day and it’s always extra-fun when the warm water is topped with a mountain of lovely bubbles!

As a new parent, you probably pay close attention to what you’re using on your baby’s skin – choosing gentle, natural baby skin care just makes sense when we think about taking care of precious, fragile new skin. Every parent wants the best for their little one!

Unfortunately, there are natural ingredients commonly found in personal care products that aren’t as gentle as they claim. But it can be confusing to keep track of the many ingredients and their confusing names. That’s why we did extensive research on each and every ingredient included in our formulations so that parents can trust that our products are not only 100% natural but made without the use of synthetics or known irritants.

One natural ingredient that did not pass our test is cocamidopropyl betaine. Read on to discover why we avoid this commonly used ingredient in our wonderfully nourishing range of all natural bubble bath baby wash.

What is cocamidopropyl betaine?

Cocamidopropyl betaine– also known as CAPB – is a surfactant, one of many compounds used to make up a detergent. It suspends dirt in water, making it effective for cleaning clothes and skin. It is also commonly added to personal care products for its foaming action – aka bubbles.

It is derived from coconut oil so can be considered a natural ingredient. However, during the manufacturing process, this final product can contain contaminants which have been linked to sensitivities in some people.

The contaminants, amidoamine and 3-dimethylaminopropylamine, are two chemicals known to cause allergic reactions including contact dermatitis and eye irritations. The American Contact Dermatitis Society named cocamidopropyl betaine  Allergen of the Year in 2004 after sensitivities to these contaminants increased sharply.

Cocamidopropyl betaine allergy symptoms

Everybody is different and some people can use products containing cocamidopropyl betaine with absolutely no problems, while others will react. If you’ve been finding that your little one is reacting to your current baby skin care, it might be worth reading the label to see if CAPB is an ingredient.

Cocamidopropyl betaine allergy symptoms can include:

  • red skin and/or scaly patches
  • burning or itching skin
  • hives
  • itchy, irritated eyes

If you have any concerns, it’s best to visit your local GP.

A natural bubble bath alternative

When our little ones are experiencing dry, extra-sensitive skin, it can be very hard to know what is and isn’t safe to use on their delicate skin. But we don’t think any little ones should miss out on the fun of a lovely all natural bubble bath. So we’ve replaced Cocamidopropyl betaine with a natural and gentle alternative, coco-glucoside. It’s an extremely gentle, eco-friendly foaming cleanser made from corn sugar and coconut.

If you suspect the baby skin care you’re currently using might be causing problems, try switching to a 100% natural, gentle alternative (which doesn’t contain CAPB) for at least two weeks to see if the irritation and/or dryness subsides. And don’t forget to follow every bath with a lovely baby moisturiser. Delicate skin needs lots of hydration to stay silky-soft and soothed.

When it comes to natural bubble bath, Australia trusts Bubba Organics. Browse our Hair & Bath Wash range here.

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