As a muma of a toddler who’s suffered so terribly from eczema and dermatitis I know the struggle to find the right products to not only banish those skin problems but to keep them away and make your little ones skins smooth and supple – baby soft like it should be.
I’m asked A LOT what we use on Jaspers skin as we’ve had pretty amazing results. When I look back on how his skin was a year ago it makes me want to cry for him; so I wanted to compile a list of products that I love and would highly recommend for you to try. It took us months of dermatologist and doctors appointments and trying everything under the sun including super harsh steroid creams before I found a combination of product that just worked for Jasper and I’m so excited to share them with you in the hope that they can soothe and clear up your little ones skin.
Now I’m not saying that this will necessarily be what’s right for your child, there were so many products that other people suggested to me because they’d worked miracles on their child’s skin, that either did nothing for Jasper’s or even made it worse. Every child’s skin is so different so please don’t feel disheartened if any of these aren’t right for your little one, I just hope they can be right for at least one of you!
This is something that we were recommended a lot by other parents. We were also suggested Aveeno it by the midwife and offered it on prescription – a life saver if you’re going to be using it daily. It’s suitable for babies from 3 months up until adults and is so gentle it can be used on anyone with sensitive or dry skin. It’s become a family favourite with my mum even using it during her chemotherapy treatment.
The main ingredient is collodial oatmeal which restores the skins natural barrier. It’s fragrance-free, easy to apply, doesn’t leave any residue but leaves your skins super soft and lovely. We also have the moisturising creamy oil (I accidentally picked it up thinking it was the cream) which contains sweet almond oil and this one is kept in Jaspers nursery bag so that I don’t need to keep repacking it every time he goes. This one is slightly different, it is fragranced and of course contains almond oil so bear that in mind for allergies but it does the exact same thing for Jasper as the cream so we’re sticking with it till it runs out.
We apply it all over on Jasper, focusing on his sensitive areas (torso, thighs and upper arms) and do this morning and night. We were initially instructed to use it at every nappy change (you can’t OD on it) but twice a day, sometimes three times seems to work just fine for us.
Aveeno do have a huge range of baby specific products which I’d love to try but as we’re getting on so well with this cream I’m happy to stick to it for now. I’d definitely check the range out though as there is so much including baby wash, shampoo and eczema bath treatment.
Aveeno suncreen and face stick:
As the weather is now heating up I got on the hunt for a sunscreen perfect for little ones with eczema and dermatitis. Last summer we tried a few different ones but as we’ve had such success using Aveeno over the past year I decided to try their baby sunscreen lotion and face stick. The lotion is SPF 55, they do have a lower one at 50 but this one came the most highly recommended in reviews. It’s fragrance-free and although leaves a slight white residue typical of children’s sunscreens, it also leaves Jasper skin super soft and most importantly – not burnt!
The face stick is SPF 50 and although you can simply use the lotion on your child’s face, the stick does make for a much easier application.
Childs Farm bubble bath and hair & body Wash:
I can’t rave about Childs Farm enough. We were sent small samples of them a while back when Jasper was tiny and as soon as they ran out I went straight to the shops to pick up some full sized bottles. The products are all dermatologist and paediatrician approved, made from over 98% naturally derived ingredients and suitable from birth for little ones with sensitive and eczema prone skin.
They both smell delicious especially the hair & body wash that fills the bath with a scent of sweet oranges! The bubble bath makes bath time a little more fun as I always find with other brands of bubble bath for eczema prone skin the bubbles disappear really quickly. You can also buy travel sized bottles which come in so handy when going on holiday or if your friends or family are having your little one overnight. I always make sure to pack a bottle when Jaspy stays out as I find he’s really sensitive to other brands, especially ones that aren’t specifically for sensitive skin.
MooGoo Nappy Balm:
What is so special about this is that not only does it relieve nappy rash, is easy to apply and is sourced from natural ingredients … but it’s edible! I’m not saying let your little one chow down on the whole tube but if they do get their hands on the bottle or as they like to do – reach down while you’re changing their bum, it won’t be harmful for them if they then have a little taste (as long as it’s after you’ve wiped away their poop of course haha).
The nappy balm is the perfect thickness; thick enough to leave a barrier but without being sticky or simply rubbing away when in contact with the nappy. It includes anti-yeast ingredients which is perfect because along with urea, yeast is one of the main causes of nappy rash.
If you’re looking for the most gentle yet effective of baby wipes for your little ones sensitive skin then WaterWipes are the best. Made from 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract I have no idea how they clean Jasper and make him smell fresh but they work wonders and I feel comfortable knowing I’m using the most gentle of wipes. However, price wise, unless you buy bulk via Amazon they can be pretty pricey compared to other brands. I do tend to just go for Huggies or Pampers depending on which is cheapest but when Jaspers skin flares up I’ll always use these and I’m stocking up for our new arrival too.
Okay so it’s not for the skin but I thought I’d throw this in. If you’re looking for something to style your little ones hair with that isn’t full of nasty chemicals then Original Sprout create 100% vegan natural products. I picked up their hair gel from the salon the first time Jasper had his hair cut as I’d always been wary of using anything else incase it irritated his scalp. As you know Jaspy has some wild long locks so it’s nice to style it with this gel in the mornings. It doesn’t look like he has any product in and by the end of the day his hair is back to it’s pre-styled mess without any residue. It smells delightful and is really gentle on that bay soft hair!
Original Sprout also do a range of other baby products including shampoo, body wash, sunscreen and baby creams as well as other styling products like hair balm, oil and detangler.
Well those are the products I’m currently using on Jaspers skin. As always I’ll keep you updated if I find anything else that I particularly love but for now his eczema and dermatitis is pretty much non existent so I’m reluctant to venture too far from what I’m using now!
If you have any suggestions for products or experiences both positive and negative with any of these products then please do link below for any other readers; it’s always fab to get a community going and hear from other parents!
Thanks for reading,