How To Guide for Baby Eczema and sensitive skin
What is Eczema?
Eczema is an inherited, chronic itchy skin condition that usually appears in early childhood. Some children have very mild eczema and others have severe eczema (known as atopic dermatitis).
What does it look like?
Patches of skin become red, dry, scaly and itchy and may weep. Sometimes blisters will appear and weep and become infected. In young babies, eczema is most prominent on the cheeks, forehead, and scalp.
What causes it?
Eczema is caused by a person's inability to repair damage to the skin barrier due to a mutation in the gene called filaggrin. Filaggrin is important for formation of the skin barrier, and those susceptible to eczema have only one copy of this gene, instead of two.
What can I do to help my babies skin?
In Babies with eczema the skin barrier does not work as well. The skin has less water retaining properties, and moisture is easily lost from the skin causing it to dry out easily. Approximately 1 in 5 babies may have Eczema and 1 in 3 may have dry skin. To help babies skin it is important to hydrate and protect the skin and to treat the inflammation and any infection if these have occurred .. Your doctor's advice may be required. Always consult your health care professional.
The baby Eczema Body & Bath Oil is a clinically proven formula that contains absolutely no water so this provides an effective barrier on the skin and offers essential hydration for their delicate skin! Grahams Baby Eczema cream is a clinically proven formula with a unique blend of natural and effective ingredients to provide relief for your baby's eczema prone skin. Enriched with natural ingredients that are clinically proven such as Colloidal Oatmeal, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Coco Butter which is used to relieve minor skin irritations and itching due to eczema.
We recommend using the baby Eczema Body & Bath daily either in a bath or just directly applied topically to the skin. This will help to hydrate the skin and act as barrier to protect the skin. As the Eczema Body & Bath Oil is 100% oils and contains no water, the oils penetrate deep into the skin. We suggest to Bath in the Oil for 10-15 minutes in tepid water. Soaking the skin is beneficial for opening the pores and allowing the oil to penetrate deeper into the skin. Once out of the bath do not rub the oil off but pat the skin dry and massage the excess oil back into the skin. You may be required to use more oil if your skin requires more hydration. You may also want to apply before or after a shower to hydrate and protect the skin. Throughout the day use the oil topically by pouring the oil into the palm of your hand and massaging onto the skin where required.
Baby Eczema Cream
Our baby eczema cream works in three ways;
1. Anti-inflammatory - calms and reduces inflammation with powerful anti-inflammatory herbs
2. Antibacterial- Naturally active colloidal oatmeal helps to control bacteria on the skin
3. Moisturising ingredients that hydrate dry and irritated skin for up to 6 hours
Wrapping the skin
Another trick that has worked for many sufferers is to wrap the skin at night. We suggest to bath in the Oil then apply the Baby Eczema Cream, after which you wrap the affected area (e.g. ankle/foot) in glad wrap. Secure the glad wrap with a first aid (crepe) bandage. This will allow the skin to heal during the night plus will stop the urge to itch as the area is protected and covered. We do not recommend wet wrapping as water can be irritating on the skin and the wet bandage dries out quickly and can stick to the skin. Removal can be painful. Using the glad wrap alleviates these issues as it does not stick to the skin and is easily removed.
We also get asked a lot if this regime is only for babies. The answer is no! It is for 0+ months so even your toddler or tween can use the cream and oil combination!