Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:31

How to Care for your Little One's Eczema -Series One

It can be tricky enough to take care of our own skin and ensure our skincare practices and lifestyle choices are giving us the best shot at a glowing complexion, but dealing with the special skincare needs of infants and children introduces a whole new range of challenges.

 

In this blog, we’ll begin to tackle one of the most pervasive and difficult skin issues in young children - eczema. Read on for some of our top bath-time tips for preventing and dealing with the pesky condition in our little ones.

 

Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition that usually presents itself within the first 6 months of life, with symptoms including dry, red and itchy skin which typically appears on the cheeks, scalp, inside of the arms and backs of the knees.

 

The exact cause of eczema is still something of a mystery, with each sufferer having a different relationship to various triggers and environmental factors. However, some of the more common causes of eczema in infants include overheating, exposure to chemical irritants such as those found in certain soaps and lotions, exposure to cigarette smoke and food and seasonal allergies.

 

Aside from the aforementioned triggers, the reason some people are more susceptible to eczema comes down to the fact that their skin barrier does not work as effectively. Skin that retains less water will lose moisture faster, thus leading to chronically dry skin.

 

While you’re in the process of determining whether certain foods or factors worsen your child’s eczema, it’s wise to take a closer look at the baseline skincare practices you’re using to prevent flare ups and control itch. Bath time is the perfect place to start.

 

It’s best to consult with your doctor about how often to bathe your child, but many experts believe that limiting the amount of bathing - and importantly, ensuring the water temperature is not too hot - is an important step in managing eczema. The ideal lukewarm water temperature is important, but the next big step is to ensure you are only using products that are not irritating to the ultra-sensitive skin of your little one.

 

We created our My Little One range with this specific focus in mind. We’re firm believers in the idea that it’s not only important to include amazing ingredients in our products, but to also ensure that there are NO nasty ones whatsoever. That’s why each product in our range has been created with the gentlest natural and organic ingredients we can source, including paw paw, shea butter, oatmeal extract, calendula, aloe vera, rosehip and jojoba oils and contains no petrolatum, parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, lanolin, artificial fragrances or colours - all of which are to be avoided when dealing with the sensitive needs of infant skin.

 

Settling on bath time products that you know contain no nasties is not the last step in an eczema-battling bathing routine though! It’s important to retain as much moisture in your child’s skin as possible, so once it’s time to dry off, be sure to ever so gently pat dry the skin and apply an ointment or cream immediately after. Time is quite an important factor here, and the faster you can moisturise skin after bathing, the better.

Part two of our blog series on caring for eczema-prone baby skin will delve into the extremely important (and surprisingly complex!) subject of moisturising.

 

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