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skincare natural ingredients

Which natural skincare ingredients are in our products?

In formulating our skincare range we spend a lot of time and resources researching and evaluating the properties of natural ingredients which are going to offer the most benefit for our children’s itchy, dry skin. Each natural ingredient is assessed for its ability to intensely moisturise, hydrate, soothe and protect the skin. So what are the natural ingredients we use in our itchy baby co skincare products to relieve itchy, dry skin?

What’s our hero ingredient?

We talk a lot about the wonderful properties of colloidal oatmeal to protect, nourish and cleanse our little one’s skin. Colloidal oatmeal is where our skincare products began and is the main ingredient in our super moisturising, nourishing and cleansing bath soaks as well as featuring in our moisturiser, face mask and our scalp oil is formulated with oat extract. Why are oats in all of our skincare products?

Oats have natural properties which are proven to help relieve the symptoms of itchy, dry skin. These properties are soothing, protective, anti-itch and moisturising.

If we look closer at oatmeal’s chemical structure, we can see more reasons for oatmeal’s effect on itchy, dry skin:

Oatmeal contains many types of phenols, which have antioxidant and soothing activity.

Oatmeal is packed full of starches and beta-glucans, so it can hold moisture and help the skin hold moisture too.

Plus, the cellulose and fibre in oatmeal helps soften your baby’s skin.

In addition, colloidal oatmeal is also made up of saponins which means it is a cleanser as well as a moisturiser. Bathing in colloidal oatmeal not only allows the skin to benefit from its moisturising, protective and soothing properties, but also washes away triggers and pollutants which can sit on the skin. That means you don’t have to use any other soaps or washes which might be drying on the skin.

Colloidal oatmeal is a particularly finely milled formulation which unlocks the natural properties of oats making them more accessible to the skin.

But wait… there’s more than one hero ingredient in our skincare products!

Let’s put the spotlight on some of our other hard working natural ingredients we formulate into our skincare products to look after after itchy, dry skin.

Shea butter

Shea butter is highly moisturising and hydrating, in part due to its high content of fatty acids which help the skin hold moisture. It’s rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and F. These all help to keep the skin healthy as well as intensively moisturise. You’ll find shea butter in our moisturiser.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found naturally in many of our ingredients, including coconut, shea butter and goats milk. We also added extra vitamin E to our natural oatmeal face mask with vitamin E and our oatmeal moisturiser with coconut oil. This is because vitamin E protects the natural oils within the skin, strengthening and nourishing the skin.

Beeswax

Beeswax is loved by dry and sensitive skin conditions because of three main reasons:

1. Like colloidal oatmeal, it forms a protective barrier to keep the skin safe from triggers in the environment, while also holding in moisture.

2. Unlike petroleum based products, beeswax lets the skin breathe. This means it doesn’t keep in heat on the skin’s surface.

3. Beeswax draws moisture into the skin, which helps to keep dry and itchy skin hydrated.

You’ll find beeswax in our moisturiser.

Organic sunflower oil

Sunflower oil helps to protect the skin’s barrier which helps the skin fight against dryness. By protecting the skin’s barrier we can lock moisture and hydration to help with dry skin. Sunflower oil is found in our scalp oil.

Organic calendula flowers

Calendula is another name for marigold flowers, and it has a wonderfully soothing effect on the skin. Calendula contains mucilage which softens the external skin and helps the internal mucous membranes of your baby’s skin. It’s high in carotenoids and flavonoids which keep the skin cells healthy.  Calendula flowers are found in our scalp oil.

Carnuba wax

Carnuba wax comes from the carnauba palm found in Brazil. It’s known for its moisturising power, and its emollient properties which makes skin soft. It also creates a protective barrier on your baby’s skin to help it retain moisture. We use carnuba wax in our itchy baby co moisturiser.

Marshmallow root powder

Marshmallow isn’t just a confectionary, it actually comes from a highly potent root. Marshmallow root has a cooling, soothing effect on skin, and is known to help your baby’s skin stay soft. It also contains flavonoids which help soothe the skin. We added marshmallow root powder to our natural oatmeal bath soak with marshmallow root.

Coconut

Coconut is well known for its soothing and moisturising properties. Coconut contains saturated fats which help the skin hold in hydration and keep moisture from escaping through the skin’s pores. The high levels of fatty acid, called capric, caprylic and lauric acid offer natural protection for your baby’s skin. Coconut is high in Vitamin E which helps nourish the skin through its antioxidant properties. We added organic coconut to our premium formula for natural oatmeal bath soak with goats milk & organic coconut. We’ve also used coconut oil to enrich our scalp oil and moisturiser.

Goat’s milk

Goat’s milk has many nutrients, minerals and enzymes that can help nourish the skin.

What’s special about goat’s milk?

Goat’s milk has a high fat molecule content, which makes it extra moisturising. The pH level in goat’s milk is similar to healthy skin. This means it can help with dryness and protect your baby’s skin. Goat’s milk contains Vitamin C, D and E, which all help reduce skin dryness. We use goat’s milk in natural oatmeal and goats milk bath soak.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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Holiday packing when your child has eczema and itchy, dry skin

Sounds strange but I always find myself delaying our family holidays and when we finally book a holiday feeling anxious in the weeks leading up to it. Why? Eczema. Flare ups can be unpredictable and when we are headed somewhere new with different weather, different triggers and restaurants which I haven’t spoken to about food allergies, I get really nervous.

But there is no way I would want us to miss out on our family holidays and the memories and time together. Here is what helps to take away my nervousness about the unpredictability of eczema flare ups when going on holidays with my family.

Research your holiday destination

Be aware of what type of weather you are likely to experience, if your child’s eczema is triggered by heat, choose a holiday destination or a time when the weather is more mild.

Find out about your accommodation amenities and facilities, for example is air conditioning available (for heat triggered eczema), is there a bath for daily bath time (to maintain your skincare routine), are the floors carpeted (for dust mite triggered eczema).

Find out where the closest pharmacy and nearest medical centre is and how far away the hospital is. It’s always better to be prepared just in case of an emergency and know where you can go for medical attention.

What to pack to go on holidays for your child with eczema

When you are on holidays and out of your everyday environment it becomes even more important to stick to your skincare routine. We need to give the skin as much moisture and protection as we can so it can deal with a new environment and being exposed to different triggers. It’s also a good idea to speak to your Doctor before you go on holidays to go through your eczema management plan.

It can be hard to find the same products you are using for your child’s skin while away. So make sure you pack their:
What to keep in your bag to have handy when on the plane or in the car
  • Any prescription medication
  • Moisturiser
  • Cold compress (especially useful for a long journey in a warm car)

Now that you are prepared, enjoy your family holiday and time with your loved ones!

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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What is the difference between atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis?

When your child has eczema we are often so absorbed in finding the right products and introducing a skincare routine into our already busy days, we sometimes don’t know that there are different types of eczema. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, but depending on the type of eczema your child has it can be affected by different triggers in the environment. Understanding the different types of eczema can help us better manage our children’s skin.

What is atopic dermatitis?

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema, and happens when the immune system does not function properly and responds in an exaggerated way to an allergen or irritant inside or outside the body. It usually appears within the first six minths, especially in children with a family history of hay fever, asthma or eczema (the atopic triad). This is linked to the allergic antibody, IgE in our immune system, which reacts to foreign substances to try and get rid of irritants, and in doing so, triggers flare ups. Research has shown that people with atopic dermatitis have a mutation in the gene responsible for creating filaggrin – a protein that helps to support a protective barrier on the skin to keep irritants from entering the body. Without filaggrin, moisture can escape, and bacteria or viruses can enter, resulting in dry skin which makes skin infection more common.

Some of the common symptoms of atopic dermatitis include:

  • Redness
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Rashes on different parts of the body – especially cheeks, arms and legs
  • Open, crusted sores as well as cracks on the skin which might mean there is an infection

What makes atopic dermatitis worse?

Some of the main triggers that make atopic dermatitis worse include:

  • Warm weather – hot skin is itchy skin and sweating can feel itchy and prickly causing more scratching
  • Cold weather – skin becomes very dry, scaly and rough
  • Some household products – laundry detergent, fragranced shampoo and soaps

What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis happens when the skin touches irritating substances. It is an immune-mediated skin rash that occurs at the site of contact with an irritant or allergen, causing the skin to be inflamed, itchy and red. The two main types of contact dermatitis include irritant contact dermatitis, when the skin touches an irritating chemical, resulting in an immediate reaction, or allergic contact dermatitis, where the skin can take 48-96 hours to develop a reaction.

The signs and symptoms of contact dermatitis may appear similar to those of atopic dermatitis, such as itchiness, irritated dry skin, redness, burning or swelling, and blisters that may crust over.

The most common irritants include:

  • Industrial chemicals
  • Detergents and skin care products containing alcohol
  • Environmental irritants like dust
  • Tobacco smoke, fumes and paint
  • Allergens such as animal dander or pollen

How can I manage my child’s dermatitis flare ups?

Knowing what can trigger your child’s eczema helps to manage flare ups. If your child has contact dermatitis, make sure to avoid substances that cause a reaction. You can keep a record of products that trigger your child’s eczema so your more confidant of what the triggers could be, as well as reading labels of products to make sure it doesn’t contain ingredients that might cause flare ups.

For the most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis, it is important to maintain a daily bathing and moisturising routine. Regular bathing using itchy baby co bath soaks cleanses the skin, washing away irritants which are sitting in the surface, as well as moisturising the skin and preparing the skin to absorb the most nourishment from moisturising for long lasting skin protection and hydration.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

Can stress make your child's eczema flare up?

Is stress a trigger for my child’s eczema?

Stress. Why is it that on the days my little boy went to daycare his skin always seemed worse? So many people told me it was the sandpit, but it even on the days there was no sandpit play his skin was still affected. So what was causing his eczema to flare up while he was at daycare?

After a lot of monitoring all sorts of possible triggers, like whether he played in the sandpit that day or not, analysing the weekly weekly menu to try and pick up a pattern, taking note of whether it was a hot or cold day, and making sure his own sunscreen was applied which I knew didn’t irritate his skin… I wasn’t able to find a culprit.

There was one possibility left. And this was stress. The emotional stress of being in a less familiar environment, being away from me, and dealing with the everyday happenings at daycare was quite possibly the reason for his eczema flare ups.

What types of stress triggers eczema?

  • Separation anxiety – When your child is away from you for long periods of time, it may cause them mental and emotional distress and result in their skin being more itchy.
  • The stress scratch cycle – When your child feels stressed from irritants such as clothing and dust, they may begin to scratch their skin intensely.
  • Busy schedules – Just like all of us, when schedules get more hectic, we start to feel stressed and begin to worry. Children also feel this when their routines become overloaded or changed, so it is important to maintain a more relaxed routine for your little one and sometimes choose to do less.

How can I manage my child’s stress?

There are some changes you could make which could help to lessen eczema flare ups related to stress.

Itchy skin can make sleeping well really challenging and the lack of sleep can result in your child feeling stressed, worsening eczema symptoms. To help your little one (and you) get a good night’s sleep you could try:

  • Bath time can help some children relax, especially if it is part of their known routine.
  • After the bath massage their skin using a hydrating moisturiser or oil to protect the skin from drying out and getting itchy during the night.
  • Limit the use of screen time two hours before bed time.
  • Make sure your child’s bedroom is a relaxed environment – not too hot or cold. It is also important to dress your child up in pyjamas made of cotton which is a breathable fabric and lessens the heat around the body which can cause itchiness.

Although stress may not directly cause eczema, it can increase the incidence of eczema flare ups. Just being aware of stress as a trigger for your child’s eczema can influence decisions you make about your day to day routine.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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What is the Atopic Triad and why is it important for eczema?

What is an Atopic Triad?

So, you have found out your child has eczema, so it’s the right time to let you know that eczema is commonly associated with asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergies and the Atopic triad refers to the genetic likelihood of developing these conditions together.

Children who have eczema are more likely to develop asthma and hay fever, and this is because they have their immune system can over-respond to allergens. The various conditions of the Atopic triad usually present early in life, soon after birth. The best way to deal with your child’s allergic conditions is to track down potential triggers and maintain a skincare routine that suits your child. Generally, eczema is the condition diagnosed first as part of the atopic triad, then hay fever and asthma.

Why do people get eczema and allergies?

There have been many questions of whether eczema and allergies are due to a problem with the skin barrier, which allows allergens to enter the body, triggering eczema, or vice versa – due to an over-active immune system that leads to inflammation and then a broken skin barrier, which results eczema. After several years of research, there has been evidence that there is a skin deficiency which allows allergens and irritants to more easily enter the skin. The environment also plays an important role in flare ups so watch out for what triggers your child’s eczema and try your best to avoid them.

The Atopic Triangle

The conditions of the Atopic triad are genetic, so there is a higher chance of your child having these skin conditions if you have suffered from them in the past.  Studies have shown that roughly 70% of those who suffer from one of the allergic conditions, may experience symptoms from another one of these conditions from the triad.

Signs that your child is suffering from the Atopic triad

Some of the early warning signs that your little one might show are:

  • The development of eczema from a very young age. Symptoms include, itchy dry skin, redness, rash, scaly and crusted sores.
  • Children may not develop all three conditions together, and may suffer from asthma and hay fever later in life, but it is important to be aware for their signs and triggers.
  • People who have hay fever mostly have their allergies triggered by pollen, dust and mould, especially during spring time. Some of the common symptoms include sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, and an itchy nose and throat.
  • You should watch out for any signs of asthma, such as coughing at night or during exercise, as well as having difficulty breathing, wheezing, breathing fast through the mouth or tight feeling in the chest. If you think your child may have asthma, please contact your doctor.

What can I do to manage my child’s symptoms?

  • Setting up an air purifier in your child’s room can help to keep the area clear of allergens and dust.
  • Wet dusting and regular vacuuming to decrease house dust mite.
  • Being aware of the pollen count especially during spring time when deciding how to spend your day.
  • The most important way of managing your child’s symptoms are to maintain an appropriate skin care routine by giving your child a daily bath to keep irritants away, providing a protective barrier to help reduce the risk of infection. And remember, moisturise moisturise moisturise.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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What type of pets are good for children who have eczema?

Can children with eczema have pets?

We all love pets, especially children. They are a great way of passing time and having fun, while at the same time helping your child learn responsibility. Choosing a family pet when your child has eczema has comes with extra considerations, this is because pet dander and other allergens or irritants can potentially trigger eczema and aggravate flare ups.

Which pets can trigger eczema?

Any animal that sheds pet dander has the potential to trigger eczema flare ups in your child. Dander is material shed from the body of various animals that have fur, hair, or feathers. You may have heard of ‘hypoallergenic pets’ being better for your eczema child, however there is no proof that these animals are better for children with allergies because all pets have the potential to transfer dander and saliva to your child.

Research on pets and eczema

Studies conducted by Epstein, which was featured in ‘The Journal of Paediatrics’ showed that dog ownership among young children who tested positive for dog allergies, decreased the risk of developing eczema when they are older. Six hundred and thirty six children at risk of developing allergies, living in Cincinnati were collected and results showed that those with dogs were less likely to develop allergies compared to those who did not own a dog.  Doctors call this the hygiene hypothesis, where the theory is that being exposed to germs when a child is young strengthens the immune system.

Although research found this data for dogs, there was not very much information on whether cats act the same way. Studies showed that children who owned a cat before the age of one, who were also tested positive for allergies, were much more likely to develop atopic eczema than those who did not have a cat. If your child is allergic to cats, living with one may make them more likely to get eczema flare ups. Experts say that more investigations need to be administered on the positives and negatives of owning different pets while you have a child with atopic eczema.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, eczema flare ups can worsen with triggers such as allergens and pet dander (pet saliva, urine or skin flakes), and not always just the pet’s fur. Since research is still not 100% conclusive, it may be safe to expand your options and buy a pet with no fur instead (maybe a goldfish?). You can also spend time with the pet you are considering buying and see if your child’s symptoms worsen, and then make a decision.

Tips for living with a pet

If you suspect that your pet is aggravating your child’s eczema, here are some tips to help minimise flare ups:

  • Vacuum and dust regularly to get rid of pet dander and fur, as well as any dust mites that might be roaming around
  • Keep your pet out of bedrooms
  • Wash the pet bedding routinely
  • Bathe and groom your pet regularly to get rid of allergens that may be on them. It is best to do it outside to minimise contact with your child.
  • Make sure to wash your child’s hands after they have finished playing with the pets. Regular bath time is important to cleanse the skin especially after your child has come into contact with irritants and allergens.
  • Always remember to moisturise to keep the skin soft and hydrated!

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

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It’s just OATMEAL! How can an oatmeal bath help my child’s itchy, dry, eczema skin?

I know, I get it, and I thought the exact same thing – oatmeal is oatmeal. How is it going to help my child’s itchy, dry, eczema skin? So to satisfy my scientific pharmacist self, I started researching the clinical evidence and research available (that kept me busy for awhile!) and after those late night study sessions, I decided to jump right in. Or rather… I stepped into the oatmeal bath carefully holding my little boy and hoping with every bit of my heart and soul for something to wash away the pain of his suffering and ease my guilt.

Why can an oatmeal bath be effective for eczema and dry, itchy skin?

Naturally, the benefits of an oatmeal bath go back to science…

Research shows most of the benefits of having an oatmeal bath come from oatmeal’s chemical structure:

  • Beta-glucans hold in water and protect the skin, and may also assist in stimulating collagen production to strengthen the skin from irritation.
  • Cellulose and fibre which give oatmeal the ability to soften and moisturise the skin.
  • Phenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helping reduce irritation and itching of your child’s eczema skin.
  • Our body contains prostaglandins which cause blood vessels to dilate, resulting in inflamed, irritated skin that can be prone to infection by bacteria and other microorganisms.
  • Colloidal oatmeal lowers the levels of prostaglandins, resulting in repaired barrier function and calmed skin.
  • Saponins, which are compounds found mainly in grains, and this ingredient gives colloidal oatmeal exceptional cleansing qualities to wash the skin and also take away any triggers sitting on the skin’s surface which can cause irritation and lead to infection.

Is using oatmeal for eczema and itchy, dry skin a new thing?

No! Oatmeal has been used for hundreds of years to soothe itchy and irritated skin. The oldest oat grains were found in Egypt in about 2000 BC and was introduced to North America at the beginning of the 17th century. Colloidal oatmeal started to be used for cosmetic benefits in facial masks as well as for cleansing and relieving itching. In the mid 1900s, colloidal oatmeal became ready to use for skin care and in 2003, the US FDA approved it as a product that can relieve skin irritation and itching.

What new evidence is around to suggest colloidal oatmeal might be effective for my child’s eczema?

Studies have been conducted on colloidal oatmeal, as it has been used for centuries as a topical treatment for a range of skin conditions, including eczema. Extracts of colloidal oatmeal were made with numerous solvents and tested in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory assays. A blind study was also carried out with 29 healthy females who displayed mild to moderate itch with dry skin on their lower legs. After treatment with colloidal oatmeal, results showed significant clinical improvements in skin dryness, roughness and the magnitude of itchiness. These results provided evidence that colloidal oatmeal does contribute to anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, benefiting the skin, and may be used to treat the symptoms of eczema (Reynertson KA et al., 2018; PubMed 2018).

In a double blind, active-controlled study researchers aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 1% colloidal oatmeal cream, compared to prescription creams in children with eczema. A variety of ages (ranging from 6 months to 18 years old) were randomised to colloidal oatmeal and prescription cream. The effectiveness of these products was tested using the Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) scores, as well as the Investigator’s Global Atopic Dermatitis Assessment (IGADA) scores. The EASI scores showed that prescription cream was not superior to colloidal oatmeal. It was concluded that 1% oatmeal cream was equally effective and safe as the prescription cream, in the treatment of mild-moderate eczema in children (Lisante Et Al., 2017; Medline, 2018).

Another double-blind, randomised, controlled study was conducted by researches where colloidal oatmeal was applied for 15 minutes as an open patch test, and under a patch for 24-48 hours. Results showed no sign of an allergic reaction. In a 2-week, single-blinded study of patients with Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI, a remarkable improvement in skin brightness was seen within the first day, and continued throughout the study period. These results concluded that using the moisturiser containing colloidal oatmeal twice daily had great improvements in alleviating symptoms of irritated skin (Nebus et al., 2004).

But what is colloidal oatmeal?

When we hear oatmeal bath, it may sound like having a bath with breakfast cereal, but it is not quite what we think.  Oatmeal is ground into a fine powder and boiled, making it into a colloid, which is a solution of very small particles suspended in warm water, and because it has been finely ground, it remains evenly dispersed and does not sink to the bottom. This well mixed oatmeal is called colloidal oatmeal. Colloidal oatmeal binds to the skin and forms a protective barrier which helps to lock in moisture, as well as ease inflammation, it also cleanses the skin.

Where can I find colloidal oatmeal to help my child’s eczema and itchy, dry skin?

Our itchy baby co. products contain colloidal oatmeal. A regular skincare routine of bathing and moisturising your child every day can lead to healthy and happy skin.We recommend dissolving two to three spoonfuls of our natural oatmeal bath soak in a lukewarm bath every day and applying our oatmeal and coconut moisturiser within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath.  You can find a range of natural skincare products containing oatmeal oatmeal at itchy baby co.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

References:

Lisante, T., Nunez, C., and Zhang, P. (2017). Efficacy and safety of an over-the-counter 1% colloidal oatmeal cream in the management of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis in children: a double blind, randomised, active-controlled study. Journal of Dermatological Treatment 28: 659-667
Renertson, KA. et al. (2015). Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry skin.  J Drugs Dermatol. 14 (1): 43-48. PubMed-NCBI
Nebus J, et al. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004;50:P77.
Gibson L, et al. (2003) Origin, history, and uses of oat (Avena sativa) and wheat (Triticum aestivum).

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My child has dry skin – what can I do to keep their skin healthy?

Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition where the skin becomes itchy, scaly and starts to crack. Looking after your child’s skin may take a lot of time and can be stressful, especially seeing them in pain from scratching so much. It can happen for a number of reasons, but it is important to remember that managing dry skin by using effective skincare products in a regular skincare routine will help keep your child’s skin healthy. With some children dry skin can be harmless, but for others if the skin is not regularly moisturised, it can trigger skin irritation, itchy skin and eczema.

What can cause my child’s skin to become dry?
  • Cold weather – Skin tends to be driest in winter, because of the dry air, cold temperatures and low humidity, making dry skin and eczema flare ups common. Using heaters and fireplaces during winter may also contribute to low humidity and drying of the skin.
  • Hot weather – During hot weather, your child will sweat more to try and regulate their body temperature, causing water loss from their body and drying out their skin. This can break down the skin’s natural barrier, making it harder to keep bacteria and irritants away from the body and increase the risk of infection.
  • Harsh soaps and detergents – Many available soaps, detergents and shampoos contain harsh chemicals that help remove oil from the skin, but can also strip the skin of moisture.

Where on the body is dry skin common?

Most dry skin is caused by environmental factors such as weather, low humidity and having showers and baths where the water is too hot. Hands, arms, and legs are the most common areas of the body to become dry. In most instances, dry skin can be managed using an intensive moisturiser.

What does dry skin look like?

  • Flaking, itching, peeling and scaling of the skin
  • Dullness and redness of the skin
  • Rough patches on the skin
  • Grey, ashy skin with cracks that if left untreated can bleed

What can I do to help my child’s skin?

Using a hydrating as well as cleansing bath soak to add moisture into your child’s skin during bath time will add moisture into the skin and coat the skin to prevent water loss. When you take your child out of the bath gently pat their skin without drying it completely. Then moisturise immediately while their skin is still a bit damp. Moisturise their skin again in the morning to protect it during the day.  Choosing to moisturise their skin with an ointment, like our itchy baby co. moisturiser, rather than a cream or lotion will work better for dry skin. This is because it stays on the skin for longer to lock in hydration and stop water escaping from the skin’s surface.

 

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

Does iron deficiency cause eczema?

Can iron deficiency cause itchy skin and trigger eczema?

Is there a link between Eczema and Iron deficiency?

We like to keep on top of what’s happening in eczema research and share anything that might help to manage our children’s eczema and itchy, dry skin. New research has shown there is a link between Eczema and Iron deficiency. Being deficient in iron means there is not enough iron to pump oxygen through our blood stream around the body. Researchers have also reported that children with eczema are at higher risk for iron deficiency compared to children who don’t have eczema.

How do we get iron into our body?

At birth, babies have enough iron stores for several months unless the mother had low iron during pregnancy. The best source of iron is red meat, iron-fortified breakfast cereals or bread, eggs, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit such as apricot and raisins. It is important to maintain your child’s diet especially if they have eczema and low levels of iron in their body (excluding food allergies, of course).

Symptoms of Iron deficiency

Some symptoms caused by iron deficiency can be:

  • pale skin
  • tiredness
  • unexplained, easy bruising and bleeding from cuts
  • nosebleeds and bleeding gums

How do I know if my child is iron deficient?

If you suspect your child is iron deficient, speak to your doctor who is likely to recommend a blood test.

Treatment of iron deficiency

Iron deficiency is usually treated by taking an iron supplement, something your doctor or pharmacist might recommend if a blood test confirms your child low in iron.

It is important to keep in mind that being iron deficient does not necessarily mean your child will develop eczema, or that every child who has eczema is iron deficient.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

eczema bath

How often should you bath a baby with eczema?

Can I bath my eczema baby every night?

Regular bath time is very important for your eczema child because bath time helps to cleanse the skin to stop irritation at the skin’s surface and also prepare the skin to absorb the most amount of hydration from applying moisturiser to dampened skin. 

Children with eczema often have irritated, itchy and red skin on different parts of the body. This can be because of an overactive immune system causing issues and deficiency in the skin barrier. This results in bacteria and other allergens being able to get into your child’s skin, as well as the skin not being able to retain enough moisture making the skin dry, itchy and irritated. Regular bathing can help to wash the bacteria and allergens away from the skin’s surface as well as increase the amount of moisture we are able to add to the skin.

How does regular bathing add moisture to the skin and help eczema?

Eczema and dry skin go hand in hand and the most effective way to hydrate your child’s body is by adding the extra moisture it needs – and there is no better way to do this than by bathing and moisturising to reduce flare ups and lessen the need to itch and scratch dry and irritated skin.

Important rules to follow with bathing and eczema:

  • keep bath time short, no longer than ten minutes
  • make sure the bath water is lukewarm – not too hot and not too cold
  • avoid using soaps and bubble baths which can really dry the skin out by stripping it bare of its surface protection
  • add a moisturising and cleansing bath soak to the lukewarm bath water
  • towel drying by gently patting is effective as it leaves the skin slightly damp, ready for the moisturiser to be used, without drying out and irritating the skin too much
  • moisturise the skin within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath
  • did  I mention moisturise…

More tips for bathing an eczema child

  • micro-fibre towels are good for drying the skin after a bath because they are so soft and don’t tend to ‘harden’ in the washing machine
  • cuddle your child dry, rather than wiping the towel around their body
  • always avoid waterless, antibacterial cleansers as they often contain chemicals that are rough on the skin and may increase the incidence of flare ups 

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.