Frequently Asked Questions | Itchy Baby Co.– Itchy Baby Co.

FAQs Sensitive Skin

My baby has sensitive skin. Where should I start?

Our Daily Skin Care Bundle is a good baby step to using our products. It contains our Natural Oatmeal Bath Soak, Moisturiser, and Face Mask, and Natural Scalp Oil. The bath soak cleanses, hydrates and protects your baby’s skin for you whilst sitting in the bath. The moisturiser seals in the goodness of colloidal oatmeal from the bath soaks which help to retain its benefits and boosts skin hydration throughout the day. The face mask is useful as a targeted treatment for when your baby's skin might require more nourishment. For example, itchy and dry skin flare ups. Enriched with vitamin E extract, which serves as an anti-inflammatory agent in the skin. This can also be used on the body. If your baby needs some extra love to the scalp, the scalp oil saves the day for that tricky sensitive and flaky scalp.

Who can use Itchy Baby Co.

Our products are suitable for all ages. For babies under 12 weeks, we always recommend using our products in consultation with your healthcare professional.
Itchy Baby Co. is also great for adult skin. Good enough for babies, wonderful for adults!
Our products are designed for all skin types with sensitive skin in mind.

Difference between a cream & ointment for sensitive skin?

Creams are mixtures made up of half water and half oil. This means they are greasy to the touch, spread easily and wash off quickly with water. This also means they evaporate quickly from the surface of the skin which dries it out at the same time. They will often have preservatives that can irritate sensitive skin. An ointment on the other hand, like the one you will find in our natural moisturiser, contains no water in the formulation. Ointments are thicker, stickier and greasier because they have a higher concentration of oil. This makes them significantly more effective in hydrating and moisturising the skin by holding in the effects for longer.

How can coconut oil help sensitive skin?

Coconut oil is one of those natural wonders you hear about when it comes to sensitive skin & eczema. It has been proven to possess antibacterial & anti-inflammatory properties that help during the itch-scratch cycle. On top of that, it has Vitamin E which is needed for healthy skin to grow and repair itself along with saturated fats which help with smoothness.

How often should the sunscreen be reapplied?

Our Zinc-based sunscreen with SPF50 is specifically designed with dry, itchy and irritated skin in mind. Formulated with added oat lipid our sunscreen provides moisture and soothing properties while offering a high level of defence against UV-A and UV-B rays. Apply after moisturising and 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two to three hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

What ingredients are in the sunscreen?

Zinc oxide 227mg/g, medium chain triglycerides, castor oil, Candelila wax, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Coconut oil, d-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, Avena sativa (Oat) oil, Isotearic Acid.

Will flare ups get better as my child grows older?

There is a very good chance that skin that is sensitive and prone to eczema will improve as your child gets older and eventually grows out of it, however, there may be the occasional flare-up that you need to be prepared for. There is no exact age things start to improve but often you will find that many children have grown out of it by the time they start school and an even greater amount by the time secondary school starts. Keeping a daily skincare routine continues to be important even as your child gets older.

What foods can help sensitive skin?

The most important thing when looking at diet is that it has natural anti-inflammatory properties which will help with any skin flare ups. Some good foods include:
  • Fatty Fish (High levels of omega-3 fatty acid)
  • Foods high in quercetin (Broccoli, cherries, apples, blueberries)
  • High Vitamin C foods (Strawberries, rockmelon, citrus fruits)
  • Anti-oxidant rich foods (Fruit & vegetables)

Is stress a trigger for my child’s skin?

Although stress may not directly cause problematic skin, it can increase the incidence of flare-ups. Itchy skin can make sleeping quite challenging and the lack of sleep can result in your child feeling stressed. To help your little one (and yourself) get a good nights sleep, try:
  • Baths - this can help your little one relax – make it a part of their routine
  • After the bath, apply a moisturiser to protect the skin from drying out over night
  • Limit screen time before bed
  • Make sure your little one’s room is a relaxed environment – not too hot or cold
  • Make sure their pyjamas are made out of a breathable cotton
  • What clothes are best for dry & sensitive skin?

    Keeping the skin cool is really important for managing sensitive skin as being hot and bothered can be a big trigger. When you can, put your little one in lightweight and breathable clothing that doesn’t make the skin sweat. Cotton clothing is the best material to use.

    Help! Swimming lessons are making my child’s skin worse.

    Swimming in chlorinated pools will dry out the skin and can cause flare ups or skin irritation! To help prevent this from happening as much as possible, apply our moisturiser generously half an hour before swimming lessons. Once your little one is out of the pool, rinse off the chlorinated water off with fresh water and moisturise again straight away. This should help protect the skin and return any lost moisture from swimming!

    What are the guidelines for our reviews?

    It means so much to us when you take the time to review our products. Thank you! Our products are formulated using natural ingredients for dry skin, to protect, nourish and strengthen the skin’s barrier and our therapeutic product is formulated for symptoms of mild eczema and itchy skin. We are so happy and are motivated so much by hearing how well our products have worked for many people, but everyone’s skin is different and what works well for one person might not for another.

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