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As somebody who has suffered from eczema my whole entire life I have become very aware of different products out there and how they can affect skin.
After having kids I dreaded the thought of not only having to manage my own eczema but theirs also. At times we have had to deal with small eczema breakouts on our kiddos but fingers crossed there has not been any major outbreaks to date.
I have used some certain strategies over the years to minimise any skin issues with the kids that I learnt managing my own skin and here are some below …
- Limit daily baths. Hot baths can take a massive toll on your skin and particularly when you are a fresh little bubba. It is recommended that babies only need 2-3 baths a week to keep them fresh and clean and stop their skin from drying out. A wipe over with a warm washer is sometimes all that is really needed.
- Choose gentle products. This is a bit of a no brainer but it is obviously important to choose products that are suited to a baby’s skin. We have found the Aveeno range of products to be great. I will be the first to admit that I often find myself using some of these products formulated for babies as I need gentle products myself. I am a big fan of oats in skincare products and the Aveeno range is full of that goodness. Our 2-year-old had a recent case of mild chickenpox (yes he was immunised) and the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment was a great product to help soothe his pox and skin. In general though, we have found the Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo and Gentle Conditioning Shampoo to be great. They are tear-free, paraben free, phthalate free and very gentle on skin.
- Don’t spend too much time in the sun. I recently had a skin check done and to my surprise and horror my skin specialist told me that if a child under the age of 2 gets burnt even just once it doubles the change of them getting a melanoma later in life. Not only that but sunscreens are full of lots of nasty chemicals so the longer you can keep them off your baby the better. A small amount of sun exposure in the early morning and late afternoon is a great thing but in general be cautious of too much sun exposure.
- Lotion is your best friend. Once your baby is on the outside it is such a different atmosphere to what they have been accustomed to and their skin can get very dry. This happens particularly after baths. It is recommended to apply moisturiser after bubba gets out of the bath and when you notice their skin in getting dry. Moisturiser is not about adding moisture to your baby’s skin it is about creating a barrier so the moisture that is already in your baby’s skin doesn’t evaporate. We find the Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisturising Cream to be great and if I notice a little eczema breakout then stepping it up with the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturising Cream.
- Clean all of the bits. It is important to keep on top of all of the folded chubby bits on baby. Even though moisturiser is a good thing too much moisture or dampness is not and can cause unnecessary rashes. When you dry baby after a bath make sure to pull back and open all of their folds of skin to make sure they are properly dry. You need to make sure you have cleaned all of their nooks properly.
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I hope you found this helpful and good luck finding the best solution for you and your baby’s skin.