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, £11.95 for 200ml
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.
MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm, £12.50 for 120g
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 Ointment, £11.65 for 500g
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
Biona Organic Raw Virgin Coconut oil, £14.80 for 800g
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