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Baby Eczema: Understanding the Cream vs. Ointment Debate!

  • by Lauran Morphett
Baby Eczema: Understanding the Cream vs. Ointment Debate!

Baby Eczema: Understanding the Cream vs. Ointment Debate!

As parents of children with eczema, we know how challenging it can be to find the right eczema moisturiser. With so many options available, it's essential to choose one that works best for our child's skin and helps reduce flare-ups.

At times like these, it's helpful to know that ointments and creams are the most commonly used moisturisers for eczema. We use an ointment for our child's eczema because it is more effective in hydrating and moisturising the skin than creams. Unlike creams, ointments contain little to no water, which slows down evaporation and holds in moisture for a longer time.

Regular moisturising is critical to keeping our children's skin hydrated and maintaining the skin's natural barrier. When selecting a moisturiser for your child's eczema, look for specific properties that can help soothe and protect the skin.

What is the difference between an ointment and a cream?

Creams are a mixture of oil and water, making them less greasy and easy to spread. However, they tend to evaporate quickly, leaving the skin dry. Creams may also contain stabilisers and preservatives that can irritate your child's skin, so it's essential to read the label before purchasing.

On the other hand, ointments contain more oil and little to no water, making them thicker and stickier. This high oil concentration makes them more effective in hydrating and moisturising the skin, as they hold in moisture for a longer time, reducing the need to itch and keeping the skin soft and hydrated. Our eczema moisturiser is an ointment that is water-free and offers a long-lasting moisturising effect.

While creams and ointments have their unique properties, it's crucial to choose the right moisturiser for your child's skin type and condition. Always read the label and consult with your pediatrician or dermatologist if you have any concerns.

Tips for choosing a suitable moisturiser for eczema

When it comes to choosing a moisturiser for eczema, there are a few things to keep in mind. Check to see if water is the main ingredient in the moisturiser, as it can evaporate quickly and may not be effective in hydrating the skin.

  1. Remember, eczema is not a one-size-fits-all condition, so what works for one child may not work for another. Keep an eye out for what your child responds to effectively and read the product label carefully if your child is allergic to any specific ingredients.
  2. Before using a new moisturiser, apply a small amount to the inside of your child's elbow and wait for 24 hours to see if there are any unusual allergic reactions, such as increased redness, pain, rash or itchiness. If there are no side effects, you can start using the moisturiser regularly, but always monitor for flare-ups and stop using if it reacts badly to your child's eczema.

By following these simple tips, you can help find the right moisturiser for your child's eczema, keeping their skin hydrated and healthy. 

When is the best time to moisturise eczema skin?

The ideal time to apply our Itchy Baby Co. eczema moisturiser (ointment) is within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath and gently patting them dry when their skin is still damp. This allows the skin to absorb and lock in moisture, helping to manage eczema effectively.

It is recommended to moisturise your child's skin at least twice more during the day, so the skin stays hydrated and soft. This simple routine can make a significant difference in preventing eczema flare-ups and keeping your child's skin healthy.

We hope this information has been helpful to you and your family. With love from Julia and the Itchy Baby Co. team. Xx

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional

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