Baby lotion or oil?

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Baby lotion or oil?

Postby Bailey » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:37 pm

Hi,

I find the water very hard here and my 16 month daughter's skin is becoming dry. I bathe her every night with organic bath products. Do you have any success with a specific product?

Thanks!
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby MrsAmanda » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:52 pm

I have very dry skin, and my sons seem to have inherited it.

My advice would be to bathe her less often, we do alternate nights - unless particularly mucky.
Avoid putting things in the bath - you can get emolliants like Oilatum but they just made my son's skin worse.
We use a sulphate-free liquid wash - just the teeniest amount. I moisturise them, either with olive oil (my husband refuses to do this, saying it's like basting meat!) or with an organic moisturiser. I've run out at the moment, so using my Liz Earle body lotion, which seems to the trick.

Also, moisturising from the inside can help. I add an omega oil to food, which makes my skin much better so I give it to son too.
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby Bailey » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:58 pm

haha I use Liz Earle too:) I like the adding the Omega idea. She LOVES bath time..but I should consider it. thanks a lot
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby myo59 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:31 pm

Had dry skin too in the past, found that putting a few drops of baby oil in the bath help the skin retain moisture, also use a bath or shower gel with a PH neutral... hope can help a bit :)
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby myo59 » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:37 pm

Olive oil, by the way is very good for the skin too!!!


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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby moops » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:53 pm

I swear by aqueous cream, I've used it on my Son from birth and still
lather him up everynight!
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby townieatheart » Sat Apr 16, 2011 9:35 pm

Both my little ones suffer with eczema, the eldest pretty badly. I have found that most organic natural products actually irritate it more, however the doctor prescribed either Cetreban or Diprobase to wash and moisturise with and also Aveeno Bath Oil. They all work brilliantly and keep my kids eczema under control.

Ps we also tried Oilatum and Infaderm and they made both childrens skin flare up really badly.
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Postby escapewithbeauty » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Lush has an amazing product called "Dream cream" it works wonders on dry skin and eczema.
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby Hattie » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:30 pm

This is a common problem with little people's skins. One very good (and completely natural and organic solution!) is to put a handful of porridge oats into a small cloth bag (or cotton sock - a clean one preferably :lol: ) and pop it into the bath a few mins before you plonk your baby in. Give it time to soak for a few minutes, then gently squeeze it to release a milky cloud into the water. Remove the sock (and the contents) before putting your baby in. It is 100% free from any chemicals and makes your baby's skin lovely and soft again. Don't eat the porridge afterwards though! :mrgreen:
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby darlingmummy » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:22 pm

for my daughter i only use Aveeno bath oil and Aveeno body lotion.
i started after her skin flared up last year and it helped straight away.

also if your child has dry skin is not advisable to give him a bath everyday.
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby DinosMom » Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:44 pm

No need to bathe everyday. I agree, add some oats to a little bag and put in tub. Moisturize with coconut oil or olive oil and give her some Omega 3 supplements - like flax seed oil in a smoothie or strawberry flavored fish oil, etc.

Eczema is an allergic, immune condition often caused by dairy or gluten allergies. It doesn't sound like your daughter's is that bad - but that should be addressed nutritionally and not just topically with products recommended by a Dr. that may be full of petrochemicals. Organic, natural oils are the way to go.
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby MamanMummy » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:39 pm

My older daughter has the same problem and after trying all kinds of organic and non-organic creams I found that Ictyane emollient cream by Ducray works best for her (systematically applied after each bath, she bathes every day). The only problem is that it's French and not widely stocked in the UK (although I've just googled it and you can get it online). From discussions with my paediatrician, everybody reacts differently to different creams, so our miracle cream may not be yours. I would recommend sampling a few and I'm sure you'll find yours. In any case my other children do not have particularly dry skin but I find the water so hard in London that I treat them to daily cream too (Nivea though, less costly and works perfectly fine for them). Good luck!
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby frenchlyric » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:07 am

My son had the same skin problem. Tried various bath oils and moisturisers as recommended by our Doctor but the products that eventually worked best are from the Arbonne baby range - ABC Hair & Body Wash and Body Lotion. It's a Swiss skincare range available online through a consultant and the product ingredients are very pure. Let me know if you want to try it and I'll forward you details of the lady who does the orders for me as they send out samples etc?
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby muminthisskin » Wed Apr 20, 2011 2:38 pm

I think it is a really common problem.
A really important thing is to use a pH correct wash and shampoo so it does not strip the skin of all the natural oils. I would agree with not bathing too frequently and have had a very good results with Arbonne products.
They produce a lovely range of hair and body wash, baby oil, baby lotion, nappy cream and sun lotion. I put a few drops of the oil in the bath after I have washed my son's hair and then I use the lotion after the bath and as required on patches during the day. His eczema is so much better that I no longer have to use steroid creams.
I found the mineral oil based moisturisers given by my GP just seemed to create a need for more and more. I tried E45, aqueous cream and diprobase.
You can buy the Arbonne products from the ReCentre physio and complementary therapy practice on the Balham High Road opposite Argos.
Alternatively you can try it free from an independent consultant - I can recommend one if you contact me. In fact my very dry skin is much improved with the anti-ageing line.
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Re: Baby lotion or oil?

Postby Sevest » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:15 am

Sorry for bumping...just my two cents...

Many times advertising convinces us to buy products that we do not even need. Babycare products especially fall into this category. Our skin actually naturally cleans itself – that is the role of sebum (a waxy/oily substance produced by our skin). Most babies do not need to be washed with soap on a daily basis. Water is sufficient unless they have been playing in the sand/mud or exploring mum’s make-up drawer. If you want you can add a couple of drops of olive oil to their bath as natural oils cleanse the skin – not too much so that it is not too slippery. Alternatively, you can make up some chamomile tea, let it cool slightly and add that to the bathwater – chamomile soothes and softens the skin and protects against bacterial and fungal infection. Both of these ‘cleansers’ are particularly good if your baby (or child) has any kind of rashes or eczema. As for moisturizer, it is only needed if baby’s skin appears dry and then you can simply use a small amount of a light oil like almond oil. If you are going to purchase babycare products to use then ensure they contain only natural ingredients and minimal or no fragrance. Baby’s smell beautiful just the way they are and they need their delicate senses to be unclouded so that they can breathe in the smell of their primary caregivers.

Older children do get a bit grubbier and often need a soap wash – although again not necessarily if they have just been pottering around inside all day – then just a freshen up with water is fine. Harsh soaps and chemical shower gels disturb the skins natural oils and acid mantle and it is good to try and keep this in good order for as long as possible as this creates healthy skin. Try using natural soaps which come in bar or liquid form and teach children to only use soap where they are dirty – this has the added advantage of making the soap last longer and saving you money.
 My little girl had eczema as a newborn, so we washed her with either just water, or a sensitive wash called 'Purity' https://giftedkiddie.com/best-shampoo-kids/ (we just put the soap in the bath water, rather than directly on her skin). It has oats & aloe, and is cruelty free. I think it may just be an Australian company though.
On Youtube, there are a lot of interesting videos on children's products. I will leave one of them here, I hope someone will help in the future. Good luck, Parents!