How to care for babies and children with eczema

A hugely important topic, I’m sure you’ll agree. Skin Advisor, Lindsey Springer from Mahi Naturals Ltd gives us the low-down on how to handle eczema in babies.

Don’t over wash and use too much detergent!

Some experts suggest it is better to bath a baby only once or twice a week and clean dirty body parts ie bottoms, faces and hands as needed. Use plain warm water and a small amount of very mild soap or soap-free cleansing bar when needed.

Bin your toxic baby wipes!

Look at the packaging of your baby wipes and you will find that many contain harmful ingredients such as; alcohol, perfume and chlorine. If you have to use them when out and about pick those that are non-chlorine bleached, unscented and alcohol-free offering a more natural alternative. When at home simply use a cotton wash cloth and soap-free cleansing bar. (When out of them home you may also wish to put cotton wash cloths and water and a less toxic liquid soap in a jar or plastic bag).

Try to limit children form scratching.

Easier said than done, especially at night when this can sometimes get worse. Scratching damages the skin further resulting in exacerbation and further skin trauma and well as introduces bacteria from the hands and nails into vulnerable skin. Natural cotton body stocking or hand mittens, as well as keeping nails clean and short may be useful.

Identify any food triggers.

In children with eczema food is the main trigger in about 10% of cases, yet food may be one of the causes or exacerbating factors in about 30% of children with eczema. Even those who are affected by diet will still need to have a good skincare routine help heal the eczema and stop it getting worse. Common food triggers to look out for include: cow’s milk (dairy) eggs, soya, wheat, fish, nuts. Solanceae or deadly nightshade family – potatoes, aubergines, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. NB it is important for children to have a healthy balanced diet, if a food is suspected contact your Doctor.

Choose the best natural products and look after the skin.

Hope’s Relief is Australia’s No1 natural skincare range for Eczema, psoriasis and dry itchy skin conditions. Developed over the last 35 years the range is 100% safe, even for new born infants and children of all ages. It is FREE FROM sodium laurel sulphates, parabens, coal tar, artificial colours and fragrances and contains NO mineral oils or petrochemicals. There’s an Intensive Dry Skin Rescue Cream, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap-Free Cleansing Bar, Hydrating Body Lotion, Goats Milk Body Wash and Goats Milk Soap.

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