red, crusty patches on your baby's skin, usually appearing in the first six months of life. It is a very common complaint and children often outgrow it, but it is important to identify triggers for flare-ups and manage the condition appropriately. Babies can get it anywhere on their body, but it most commonly affects their cheeks and the joints of their arms and legs.
Another year, another wrinkle! We like to blame ageing skin on the passing of the years, but is acquiring wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation inevitable as we get older? The answer is no, it isn’t. The truth is that the main culprit in regard to age-related woes is photoaging – damage done to the dermis by exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) light.
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis as it is also known, is a dry skin condition that affects one in four children and one in 10 adults in Ireland – a huge leap from previous generations. We don’t know exactly what is causing this increase, but medical experts believe it is what we are literally pumping into our environment and putting on to our skin.
We expect baby skin to be perfect when, in fact, we should expect lumps, bumps, spots and rashes - and an infant who is occasionally cranky due to things like dry skin, cradle cap and nappy rash. Since 1 in 4 children born in Ireland develops eczema, it is important to treat baby’s skin right, right from the start.
We expect the skin of newborns to be smooth, soft and smell lovely, all the time. The truth is that baby’s skin can sometimes be dry, sensitive, flaky – and even discoloured – especially in those early days. As a mum who wants the best for your bundle, you agonize over what to do, what to use, and when to do it.