Baby eczema is a dry, itchy and sore skin condition characterised by small red skin bumps. Eczema begins in infants generally from two months of age, and in 65% of the children, it appears in the first 12 months after birth. Eczema is not contagious and is not an infectious disease, but by scratching the Eczema the bacteria may penetrate the skin and cause infection, so you should immediately take the necessary measures and please always consult your GP or doctor.
Signs & symptoms of eczema in babies
Eczema is commonly seen in the form of dry, itchy skin on the babies cheeks, chin, forehead, and scalp. Infants from 6 to 12 months old, eczema is often seen on the elbows, and the knees of the baby, the elbows and knees of the baby are easily rubbed and scratched also. If eczema is infected, yellow skin or a tiny prickly bulb may appear on the surface of the skin.
The reason why infants develop skin eczema is not yet known, but the combination of genetic factors and environmental factors increases the risk of developing eczema in newborns.
Infants whose family members have a history of eczema, hay fever and asthma are more likely to develop eczema than others. Eczema is caused by immune system disorders and affects the skin’s ability to moisturise itself. Various environmental factors may cause a reaction to the immune system.
For example :
– Animal hair, environmental pollutants, and dust
– Allergy foods like peanut butter, soy, and eggs
– Woollen or synthetic woven garments
– cigarette smoke
– Scented products such as detergents, perfumes, and aerosols
– Heat or extreme dryness of the air
– Skin infections
Treatment for Eczema :
1- Frequently wash and bath your baby: A regular baby bath is beneficial in treating dry skin. The use of a tub is better than a shower and should be warm (not hot) and have a minimum of 10 minutes. Use soap-free and natural mild based baby washes.
Note: Don’t use soap on your baby. Because soap will dry out your babies skin and can make eczema worse, look for soap-free washes when you wash your baby.
2-Keep your baby’s skin moisturised: Your babies skin should not be dry. Use moisturisers, such as ointments, creams, and lotions, these should be applied to the skin at least twice a day.
3- Balms with zinc oxide, Zinc Oxide is well known for its moisture retaining properties on your babies delicate, sensitive skin and is excellent to use on your baby especially during nappy change time. Zinc is also known for its healing and anti-bacterial properties and also helps with burns.
Note: Lastly please read your list of ingredients on the products you are using on your baby if in doubt contact the manufacturer or ask your pharmacist/doctor for advice, not all products are equal. Please avoid Petroleum based products like paraffin and petroleum jelly as this may cause more skin irritations. We will be covering more on Packaging labelling, and ingredient’s in future posts so stay tuned.
I hope this helps the mums & Dads out there remember please always consult your local GP or doctor for advice.
Happy Baby Happy Life
Onea’s Baby Skincare range is enriched with apple peel extracts for specific reasons.
We all know that the apple has many health benefits and it is rightly said that ” an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Do you know how important it is to eat apple along with its peel?
There are many health benefits of the apple peel that I would like to share with you today.
Apple peel is a significant source of edible fiber. The fiber in the apples skin is present in both soluble and insoluble forms, about two-third of the apple’s fiber is present in the peel alone. Fiber benefits for your baby skin are as follows:
Detoxification of free radicals
Repair and regeneration of your baby’s skin
Regulation of your baby skin’s moisture balance by a long-lasting Vitamin E release
Apple peel also packs most of the vitamins, nearly half of an apple’s vitamin C content lies beneath its skin.
What are the health benefits of Vitamin C for your baby’s skin?
Vitamin C helps to protects the skin from sun damage and helps speed up the healing process
Also, Vitamin A is contained in the apple peel, this will stimulate production of new skin cells for your baby’s delicate skin.
Apple peel is equally good in minerals and anti-oxidants. It is highly rich in calcium and phosphorous. In addition, there is an adequate amount of zinc, sodium, and magnesium present in the apple peel. These minerals have a soothing effect on the skin, while helping to treat dry and peeling skin (e.g. in psoriasis and dermatitis). As a result, it is perfect for sensitive skin also increases cellular renewal, facilitating the regeneration of dry and cracked skin. These minerals are especially important for baby care as it hydrate their skin immediately.
Onea’s Baby care hero product is the Apple, our unique Apple baby powder has been harnessed through using apple peel and turning it into a powder form so your baby can get the benefits of the Apple and being a Talc free formulation your baby’s going love these all-natural products, no nasties just natures best ingredients.
Check out the rest of Onea’s Baby Range its jam packed with Australia’s nature best ingredients, Australian Apple seed oil, Apple peel extract and even Manuka Honey for those anti-microbial , healing and anti-inflammatory benefit’s, more on Manuka honey in future blog posts, That’s all for now till our next post.“Happy Baby Happy Life “.
Talcum powder is mostly made up of the minerals magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. It is used in many cosmetic products including baby powder. Talcum when in powder form absorbs moisture and keeps skin dry which helps in preventing rashes.
The downside to Talcum powder is that in its natural form it can contain asbestos. Asbestos is known to cause cancer in and around the lungs. Lab tests have shown that Asbestos can increase the risk of cancer. Asbestos is linked to ovarian cancer, larynx cancer, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Babies are so precious, the products that we use on these beautiful bundles of joy have to be carefully considered. Everything applied to their skin absorbs through their pores. Baby powder that has talc in the ingredients puts you and your baby at risk to be exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.
After knowing that cancer-causing chemicals are present in your baby powder can you still smile and rub talc baby powder on your baby?
Would you stick your hand in asbestos and rub it all over you?
If not! Put down the talc ridden baby powder and get you some talc-free baby powder for you and your beautiful blessing.
It is important as parents that we research and improve for ourselves what we put on our children. We are responsible for the wellbeing of our kids and what happens to them can affect us. They are too young to make their own choices therefore once we know something isn’t right about a product we have to make a change!
For every negative, there is a positive you can look at in any situation. Yes, some baby powder contains talc but there are also baby powders that are talc free, and this will make all the difference because you can still use baby powder that is free from harmful ingredients.
A talc-free powder is good for skin whereas talc powder can irritate skin making it itchy, red and sore. With talc-free powder, your skin can be refreshed and moisturized without the irritation. Talc – powder is heavy and can cake up on your skin when used to absorb moisture and talc- free powder absorbs the moisture but does it and leaves your skin refreshed and feeling light. Most importantly using talc-free powder allows you not to have to worry about any of the ill effects that talc powder can cause like cancer.
Having a peace of mind is priceless, and it should not be taken for granted. Switching from talc powder to talc-free powder is the best thing you can do for you and your child. Your child’s health and your health is intact by using talc-free powder. You can be at peace and know you have your child’s best interest at heart and at the forefront of your mind all while showing it through your actions your baby will be forever grateful when you switch to talc-free powder.