March 11, 2022 3 min read
The First Four Weeks
Elave Baby products are pure & dermatologically and paediatrician approved to be safe to use, right from the day of birth. Having said that, plain water is just fine for the first month and you do not have to bathe your baby every day. A quick dip and gently swirling lukewarm water over him or her two or three times a week is sufficient. If your babies hands and feet are dry, from being overdue, apply Elave baby Intensive cream or lotiontwice a day to sort the dry patches.
1-6 Months – Watch Out For Those Tell-tale Signs!
One in four children in Ireland develop eczema – that is twice as many children as just a generation ago. Experts believe this dry, itchy skin condition on the outer layers of the dermis is caused by toxins in our environment. It usually occurs within 1-6 months of birth and can persist into adulthood.
Infantile eczema – or atopic dermatitis, as it is sometime called – can run in families, so if mum or dad has allergic tendencies, baby might have them too. Symptoms can be mild and barely noticeable, or very itchy and intense. They include dryness, flaking, redness, tenderness, crustiness and cracking or oozing.
If you have concerns, consult your GP or Health Visitor in the first instance. Then you will need to turn detective to try and identify what is causing your child’s flare-ups, so you can avoid or minimize exposure to them. Common triggers include dairy, pollen, dust or house mites, scratchy fabrics, temperature fluctuations, detergents, fragrances, soap and dyes.
Establishing A Good Skincare Routine
The skin barrier is not fully developed until the age of two, so it is essential to use only the purest, gentlest products on baby’s skin as he or she gets older. As the body’s largest organ, we need to protect and nourish skin so that it, in turn, can protect us from dehydration, toxins, allergens and infections.
Any cream, lotion or wash that touches your baby’s skin could trigger a flare-up, so the most important thing is to ensure you use products which do not contain soap, fragrances or dyes. And, remember, there is no point using a ‘free-from’ Baby Shampoo if you then use a Baby Lotion full of additives. The regime must be ‘top to toe’.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise …
Keeping baby’s skin well moisturised is key to managing dry and sensitive skin conditions when it occurs and in some cases avoiding skin sensitivities. Eczema is what is known medically as a chronic skin condition which means it has no cure, so the objective with baby eczema is to get it under control and reducing flare-up by protecting baby’s skin every day.
After bathing baby with products like Elave Baby Bath and Elave Baby Shampoo, gently pat the skin dry and apply a good layer of Elave Baby Lotionor Elave Sensitive Intensive Creamand Elave Nappy Cream.
Dress baby in loose layers of soft, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, silk or hemp. Avoid wool, which can be scratchy, or synthetic fabrics that do not let the skin breath or absorb sweat like natural fibres. And remember to use only eczema-friendly laundry liquids, non- biological laundry products only and avoid all fabric conditioners or you could unravel all your good work and start the itch, scratch, itch cycle all over again. Also baby eczema is hard work, so be kind to yourself.
Elave Skincare’s range of dermatologically-approved free-from natural products is available at gardinerfamilyapothecary.com, Boots, Dunnes Beauty and local pharmacies.
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