Finding Products That Work for Baby Eczema
Every baby, toddler, or kid has a slightly different routine that works for them and their atopic dermatitis. As triggers and allergens differ so does the need for products. Likewise, differences in skin tones and types may also affect product needs. Moreover, as babies grow, their original needs and triggers can change for better or worse thus changing their product needs.
Most cases of atopic dermatitis develop during which life stage?
From baby to toddler
As my baby grew into a toddler, I started to notice the areas of her body that are most frequently inflamed and irritated changed. Likewise, the things that triggered her atopic dermatitis started to change. As an infant, washing powders, brands of diapers and wipes, and certain lotions, soaps, and shampoos would trigger eczema flare-ups for her.
Changing age, changing products
As her body shifted from infancy to toddler, her tolerance for different brands of diapers and pull-ups increased and brands that were once a no-go became our go-to brands. While some soaps and lotions are still not an option for her and her atopic dermatitis, other brands have evolved and created new formulas and added new ingredients which make their products better fit for kids with sensitive skin.
Baby wipes for eczema
For example, both Huggies and Walmart Parent Choice now make wipes that have shea moisture in them. Both these wipes have proven quite beneficial for my daughter in her toddler years thus far. Huggies are slightly more moist making them a bit more ideal for cleaning up bigger messes more smoothly, however, both work well in not causing nor further irritating her atopic dermatitis flare-ups. (Which is of great value particularly in the summertime when it is hot outside.) Huggies sensitive skin wipes were the only wipes she could use without flare as an infant so her wipe options have expanded. Though stronger, Huggies wipes such as their "One & Done" wipes do seem to irritate her flare-ups still.
Aveeno for baby eczema
Aveeno products have always done well by my daughter. Aveeno eczema products particularly always worked well. This still holds true. Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream, Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm and Aveeno Baby Cleansing Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Wash have and still always work well for her bathing and nighttime lotion needs. We have also added Aveeno Baby Continous Protection Sensitive Skin Lotion Sunscreen with zinc oxide. This sunscreen works well for her skin. It protects her skin from the sun without causing irritation as some sunscreen sprays do.
Johnson and Johnson for eczema
In addition to the Aveeno line, we have been able to add the Johnson and Johnson line back into our nightly and daily regimen. Johnson and Johnson products originally irritated her skin and kept it dry rather than moist. However, Johnson and Johnson came out with a new line called Johnson's Baby Moisture Wash with no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or dyes. And while it still has the scent that Johnson and Johnson are so well known for, it seems to have much more moisture than previous body wash products seemed to have. Rather than drying out my daughter's skin, these products seem to keep it moist and healthy. I am not certain if this is to be credited solely to the new changes in the product or in my daughter's body itself but I certainly recommend trying the products.
Learning and growing
While each year and new experience brings new discoveries and insight as to what works and does not work for my daughter's routine I am so pleased with the newfound understanding we have for what works best for her and her skin and anticipate continued growth in this area as we move into her gaining more independence for her own routines.
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