Little I has started to develop patchy ezcema recently. We aren't surprised as the same thing happened to her Big Sister at around this age. It seems to flare up in her creases - so the back of her neck, backs of her knees and at her elbow joint. It isn't severe but bad enough for us to want to do something to stop any irritation she is experiencing.
Oilatum got in touch to see if we'd like to try out their Daily Junior Lotion. We were sent their new range a few months ago (read more about that here) and we have been loving the bath products but the lotion had disappeared very quickly when Little E got her hands on it and applied 3/4 of it to her body in one go! They very kindly sent through a second bottle plus some lovely treats to make bath time extra special.
You can see in the picture below the patch of eczema on Little I's neck. It is being aggravated where the collar on her clothes rub. I have been focusing on rubbing in the lotion after her bath to help protect the area when she sweats in the night. The lotion is quite thin making it easy to apply without getting cream on her clothes.
Oliatum have put together some really useful comfort skin tips to help you manage your baby's dry skin conditions.
Not too hot!
When it comes to bath time, try to make sure the bath water is just warm, not too hot. Hot water can aggravate your child’s delicate skin.
Not too long!
Try to keep your little one’s bath time to 5-10 minutes as too much time spent playing in the bath can cause excess drying out of the skin!
Take care with bubbles!
Avoid soap, try to use bubble bath that is designed especially for your baby’s dry skin – some detergents can irritate the skin.
Pat don’t rub!
Wrap your child in a soft, fluffy towel - be careful to pat the skin dry rather than rubbing as this can affect dry, delicate skin.
Lock in moisture
Moisturising cream can be especially effective when your child’s skin is damp, so apply it as soon as you’ve patted them dry to lock all that moisture in.
Make it fun!
Make moisturising fun with a game. Little ones can keep their arms out straight and stand still like a scarecrow while you apply moisturising cream - no matter how much it tickles!
Don’t miss a bit!
As you apply the moisturiser, remember that your little one’s hair might be hiding dry skin, so check for any dry patches that might have been overlooked.
Try and keep the temperature of your little one’s bedroom cool – if it’s too warm, this could affect their delicate, dry skin.
Wash clothes and bedding with non-biological products that are kind to dry, sensitive skin and rinse clothes twice to be extra sure that all traces of soap residue have disappeared.
Dress to impress
Where you can, dress your child in loose fitting clothing made of natural fabrics such as cotton - try and only use cotton bed sheets, as these are cooling and comfortable for dry skin.
What is your favourite tip? Mine is Tip 9 because I've always washed with non-bio products due to having sensitive skin myself - it really makes a difference! You can share your favourite comfort skin tips or one of your own unique skincare tips on Twitter using #OilatumComfortSkinTips.
Find out more by visiting the Oilatum website
I was sent Oilatum products for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own.