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

With feedback and experiences from parents, we round up which ointments really do help soothe your baby’s irritated skin, from big brands to less-well known

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Baby creams for eczema

Eczema can affect anyone of any age and those who have the skin condition know just how sore and uncomfortable it can be to manage.

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The condition causes skin to become dry, itchy, red and cracked and is also known as atopic dermatitis. Eczema can start from birth, but usually flares up between 2-3 months and around 1 in 5 children suffer from the skin condition.

While there is sadly no quick, permanent fix for eczema at the moment, there are ways of managing it.

According to the National Eczema Association, “Keeping your skin’s moisture intact is one of the most important things you can do to help control your eczema.”

If your baby is suffering from eczema, it may be worth trying a moisturiser that other parents have found has helped their child.

Below, we have rounded up 10 of the best eczema creams, oils and lotions which others have claimed made a difference to the condition in their little ones.

We’ve also put together a short guide explaining some of the facts and myths about eczema.

What causes eczema?

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

Eczema can be caused by food allergens or run in families, and many babies grow out of the condition as they get older, so it doesn’t mean your child will always have the condition.

How to treat eczema

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

Your family GP may also be able to prescribe other treatments, but these should only be used as medically directed, as they are usually much stronger than the baby creams you would find in the shops.

To help your child at home, try some of the balms and creams recommended by other users in our list below and make sure you continue moisturising regularly, particularity following bath time.

As skin dries after being into contact with water, it can make the skin even more irritable. That’s why the National Eczema Association advise moisturising within three minutes of bathing to “lock in moisture and protect the skin barrier.”

When applying creams and lotions to eczema-prone skin, the association also says you need to, “soften moisturiser by rubbing it between your hands and then apply it using the palm, in downward strokes. Avoid rubbing in the moisturiser by stroking up and down, or in circles.”

10 of the best baby eczema treatments recommended by parents

1. 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. The natural ingredients shouldn’t irritate very dry and sensitive skin in the same way that artificial chemicals can.

Parents who bought the cream from Amazon for their children praised the speedy effectiveness of the product. One reviewer using this on their 5-month-old daughter’s eczema said that, “her skin got so much better and nearly clear of eczema after 5 days of use!”

Another parent also reviewing on Amazon added that the, “cooling effect is really good for calming down the skin when it gets red and hot” and said the cream “ticks both boxes of being moisturising and soothing.”

Available from: Amazon

2. MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm, £12.50 for 120g

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

It is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ointment, thanks to its ingredients, and should help calm inflamed skin. As it’s not chemical-based, it should especially be a hit with many parents.

The cream has a higher price tag than some other treatments but for those that were impressed by the product it was a worthwhile investment.

“No more pain. no more itchy, burning, bumpy skin,” said one Amazon user who had used the cream on both herself and her eczema-prone nephew.

A grandparent who also reviewed the cream on the site said that it cleared the dry patches on their granddaughter’s shoulder and that, “within one day of using there was a vast improvement and the irritation had gone.”

Available from: MooGoo, Holland and Barrett, Amazon

3. 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 which is prescribed by the NHS as an effective treatment against eczema.

The cream is greasy in texture and can sit on the skin but when this occurs, you should let the cream absorb in gradually rather than wiping away the excess.

This was a quality one reviewer on Amazon noted; “It is an oily and a bit heavy cream which does not penetrate the skin immediately, but if you apply it before bedtime you will wake up with a baby soft skin.”

Another Amazon reviewer also said, “the cold weather has made my daughter’s dry skin/eczema awful to deal with,” but “Epaderm kept the skin moisturised and helped to relieve the symptoms of dryness.”

Available from: Amazon

4. 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, among a long list of other potential uses.

The coconut oil is 100% natural, so no nasty, potentially irritating chemicals, just vitamins like vitamin K and E. The oil has anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, so it should be able to help scare away any germs which could aggravate sore patches.

Available from: Amazon

5. Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia milky bath oil, £11.99 for 200ml

The Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia milky bath oil has been specifically formulated to minimise the risk of allergic reactions.

With ingredients like sunflower, sweet almond and avocado oil, it’s mild, natural and soothing – so much so that it has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

The oil also doesn’t contain any parabens, phthalates or phenoxyethanol, which could be aggravating to very sensitive skin.

Claire, a member of our MFM Facebook group, is a fan of Mustela products and said that of everything her family had tried, “Mustela has worked the best for us. Their stelatopia range is amazing.”

Another parent who reviewed the oil on Amazon agreed, “my daughter’s skin was very dry, so this oil bath was recommended and it did work very well.”

Available from: Amazon

6. Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, £7.69 for 300ml

Aveeno lotion has the naturally active colloidal oatmeal formula and can be applied to skin when dry, making it ideal for use after bathing, although it can be used as often as required.

Suitable for babies from 3 months old, it’s fragrance free, non-greasy and easily absorbed. Aveeno also gets the seal of approval from the National Eczema Association and people who have used the oat-based cream on eczema conditions themselves also seem to approve.

“My little boy is 10 months and has suffered with eczema since he was around 6 months, touch wood, since using Aveeno his eczema has gone!” said one parent, while MFM Facebook group member Emma described Aveeno as a “go to product” for her child who suffers from eczema.

Available from: Amazon

7. Green People Organic Babies Soothing Baby Salve, £9.70 for 100ml

Made without parabens, artificial perfumes, petrochemicals or colourants, this cream is perfect for babies with sensitive skin.

One reviewer on Amazon said the balm “works well for [her] daughter’s eczema” while others praised the balm’s effectiveness for other dry skin complaints babies can suffer with, such as cradle cap. One buyer also described it as, “gentle on baby’s skin” and praised the addition of lavender for helping “to sooth them to sleep.”

Ideal for all kinds of delicate skin types, the Organic Babies soothing baby salve can also double up as a nappy rash cream and even a nipple cream.

Available from: Amazon

8. Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, £2.99

Childs Farm products have a well-known reputation among parents for helping manage sore eczema conditions. The moisturiser contains Shea and cocoa butter which help make the cream mild, hydrating and suitable for every part of your newborn baby, including their face and over eczema flare ups.

The product has a no sting formula so it shouldn’t be too sore near your child’s eyes, and it’s also approved by a both paediatrician and dermatologist.

Many parents swear by the Childs Farm range, including members of our MFM Facebook group. Mum Samantha who deals with eczema in her child said “Childs Farm bath stuff and moisture cream have kept it [eczema] at bay for over a year.” Charlie agreed, adding, “Childs Farm moisturisers have been the best for my son, and the bath products are the only ones not to irritate his skin.”

Available from: Boots

9. Johnson’s Baby Honey Soap (4 bars), £1.50

This Johnson’s soap has been specifically designed for babies, so it is ultra gentle. The honey extract within these bars allows the soap to soften the skin while cleansing, which should help soothe dry patches.

There’s no nasty chemicals and it’s also free from alcohol, which can be very drying to skin.

One of our MFM parents, Lauren praised the effectiveness of this soap for her daughter’s eczema. She said, “it’s been a lot better since we started using the Johnson’s Honey Bar Soap on her face and body. Her arms are less dry also!”

One thing to note with this product is to be careful near your child’s eyes as there isn’t a tear-free claim on this one, as there is on some other products.

Available from: Amazon, Superdrug

10. Oilatum Bath Formula, £9.50 for 300ml

This bath treatment from Oilatum is an emollient which, according to the NHS, means it works to protect skin by creating a film over the skin to help trap in moisture.

For this reason, there are various artificial ingredients and chemicals within the product and, while all safe for use, may not be one for parents who are sticklers for the all-natural approach. This protective layer can also make kids a little more slippery in the bath, so take extra caution.

The formula seems to be a hit with families who have used it before, including a reviewer on the Boots website who said using the product had “helped soften and control the eczema on my son’s skin.”

Available from: Boots, Amazon

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