8 best creams, oils and lotions to treat eczema in babies

Our pick of the top performing ointments to help soothe your baby’s irritated skin

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  • What you can use when fighting atopic dermatitis

    1 in 5 children suffer from eczema, a condition that causes their skin to become dry, itchy, red and cracked.

    Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema can start from birth, but usually flares up between 2-3 months.

    There are many things that can trigger this skin condition. Chemicals such as liquid detergents or environmental factors like dust mites, pet fur and pollen can all cause eczema.

    Eczema can also be caused by food allergens or run in families and in a recent YouGov poll it was revealed that 1 in 10 mums spend 2 to 3 hours a week dealing with their child’s eczema – that’s 6.5 days a year.

    But many babies grow out of the condition as they get older, so it doesn't mean your child will always have the condition. 

    While your little one is suffering from eczema there are a variety of oils, creams and lotions that can help soothe your baby’s irritable skin, but it is important to remember that what works for one child may not work for another.

    We look at some of the best baby eczema treatments on the market...

  • Weleda White Mallow Body Lotion, £11.99

    From a well-known name in the baby skin care industry, the Weleda white mallow has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, as it's "fragrance-free, moisturizes sensitive skin and relieves itching caused by dryness." 

    It's made with 95% organic ingredients, like white mallow, coconut oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower seed oil and sweet almond oil. 

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  • MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm, £12.50

    Specially formulated for infants with eczema and psoriasis, this Australian-made cream is formulated using edible oils and contains ingredients such as aloe vera, sage oil and almond oil.

    It's popular with many parents as it's not chemical based, but is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ointment.

    Available from MooGoo

  • Epaderm, £6.50

    Developed by doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, specifically for eczema sufferers, Epaderm is an emulsifying wax and yellow soft paraffin combination. 

    It's prescribed by the NHS as an effective treatment against eczema, but the cream is greasy in texture and can sit on the skin.

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  • Organic virgin coconut oil, £4.75

    One of the most versatile oils you’ll come across, organic virgin coconut oil can be eaten as well as used as a moisturiser for your baby’s skin.

    It contains anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant and antibacterial properties as well as vitamin E and K and is 100% natural. 

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  • Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia milky bath oil, £11.95

    The Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia milky bath oil has been specifically formulated to minimise the risk of allergic reactions, so much so it has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.  

    With ingredients like sunflower, sweet almond and avocado oil, it's mild and natural also doesn't contain any parabens, phthalates or phenoxyethanol free. 

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  • Aveeno lotion, £5.10

    Like the oil, the Aveeno lotion has the naturally active colloidal oatmeal formula, but it can be applied to skin when dry and used as often as required, even on sensitive skin.

    Suitable for babies from 3 months old, it's fragrance free, non-greasy and easily absorbed.

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  • Green People Organic Babies soothing baby salve, £9.95

    Made without parabens, lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals and colourants, this cream is perfect for babies with sensitive skin.

    Ideal for all kinds of delicate skin types, the Organic Babies soothing baby salve can also be used as a nappy rash cream and even a nipple cream to calm away irritations after feeding.

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  • Chuckling Goat baby kefir lotion, £7.95

    Made from goat kefir, a live culture fermented milk product, this award-winning lotion is sutiable for newborns, babies and anyone with sensative skin. 

    The lotion and baby soap (£4.95) both delicate enough to use on baby's face, hands and body, and our MFM mum called it a life saver when using it on her newborn who had particularly flaky skin.  

    Available from the Chuckling Goat website

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