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...

  • Aveeno oil, £6

    A well-known name in the skin care industry, Aveeno boasts a naturally active colloidal oatmeal formula and can be added to bath water or massaged directly onto wet skin. 

    Oatmeal baths are known to be relaxing and soothing to irritated and itchy skin.

    Tried and tested by our MadeForMums reviewer who found it “hydrated, without any hint of residue or greasiness”, the Aveeno oil is like having the benefits of an oatmeal wash without all the mess.

    Available from Amazon

  • 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.

    Available from Amazon

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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. 

    Available from Amazon

  • Oilatum, from £3

    Another well-known children’s skin care product, Oilatum has been used as an efficient lotion against atopic dermatitis. 

    The cosmetics company that makes it, Stiefel Laboratories, has been making dermatological products for over 165 years.

    The entire Oilatum range of lotion, soap bar, gel, shampoo, bath oil and cream can be used to prevent and treat eczema and dry skin.

    Available from Amazon

  • 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.

    Available from Amazon

  • 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.

    Available from Amazon

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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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