Cassius has suffered from eczema since he was approximately four months old. His Dad has the condition, so we knew it was likely it may affect him too. His delicate baby skin would break out in angry red patches which spread from his chest, arms, legs and face causing him to itch and scratch constantly in frustration and discomfort. A baby’s skin barrier is thinner and loses moisture quicker, meaning it can be prone to dryness and irritation – certainly the case where eczema is the cause.
I’ve lost count of the number of lotions and creams I’ve tried on him, coupled with the endless trips to the doctor to seek out new alternatives when he has experienced particularly bad flare ups. I feel I have it somewhat under control, although during really warm weather he’s prone to having the occasional bad flare up.
I became aware of the Aveeno Baby range when he was very small, but to my disappointment it wasn’t available here in the UK, until now. I made do with buying it on eBay, shipped from the states, which proved expensive but I liked the product I initially tried – the Soothing Relief Baby Emollient Cream (£8.50).
My prayers have been answered and it’s now available for sale over here – in Boots. The range has been repackaged, differing slightly in colour but the product remains the same. Clinically proven to moisturise skin for 24 hours, the Soothing Relief Cream is a light lotion, which can be applied liberally and sinks in easily. It hydrates really well, without leaving a greasy residue, something which is important as I find the thicker emollient ointments I’ve had prescribed from our doctor, cause him to sweat and overheat in warm weather. This soothes his delicate skin and I currently use this as his main moisturiser at the moment.
Soothing Relief Baby Emollient Cream
Daily Care Barrier Cream
The Daily Care Barrier Cream (£6.99), is perfect for protecting and soothing your little ones bottoms and has been developed for newborn skin. Ideal for use to prevent and treat nappy rash and other external irritants, it contains natural collocidal oatmeal and zinc oxide, helping to reduce redness of dry and delicate baby skin. Oats have a range of benefits for dry skin . They help to restore and protect the natural moisture barrier of the skin and also create a protective film on the skin too. Colloidal oatmeal granules act as micro-sponges absorbing dirt and dead skin cells.
Nappy rash was luckily not an issue for Cass. It popped up once and disappeared within a few hours and never resurfaced again, therefore I’ve had no need to try this.
I’m a big fan of the Soothing Relief Baby Emollient Wash (£8.50). Again, formulated with natural colloidal oatmeal, it also contains emollients which are blended into a creamy wash. It lathers up like a normal bubble bath under running warm water, gently cleansing and soothing skin. Soap and tear free, Cass can splash out to his hearts content (he loves bath time), without me worrying that his skin may be irritated further. I currently have a well known bath wash on repeat prescription for me, but will be checking to see if this is available instead, along with the Soothing Relief Baby Emollient Cream.
This range gets a big thumbs up from me and I’m so pleased to see it finally stocked on the UK high street.