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How to manage atopic dermatitis in kids

By | Dermatitis

How to manage atopic dermatitis in kids?

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory condition with periods when it will flare. A large number of children are affected by this condition and its treatment generally causes significant anxiety for parents.

A visit to a pharmacist can be a good starting point for parent’s feeling desperate for information. Pharmacists, as primary care providers, are in a prime position to support both parents and physicians as trusted and easily accessible members of the health care team in the management of AD with pharmacist-led educational sessions being beneficial for parents.

Eczema treatments falls into two categories: Preventative and Relieving.

Preventative treatments are every day treatments and lifestyle changes including the avoidance of triggers. Regardless of the presence or absence of eczema, preventative treatments are ongoing.

Relieving treatments should be started as soon as there is a flare, such as increasing erythema and itch, and stopped when the symptoms are controlled. In severe cases, the flaring treatment may include the use of a topical steroid.

Some tips to which a pharmacist may share with parents:

  • Effective emollient regimens are the mainstay of atopic dermatitis management. Emollients with soothing properties are the preferred option.
  • Effective and regular use of emollients has been found to decrease the need for topical corticosteroids.
  • One reason for treatment failure with topical corticosteroids is not addressing general measures in AD management including correct emollient use.
  • Emollients hydrate the epidermis by providing an occlusive layer and reducing evaporation.
  • Adequate rehydration preserves the stratum corneum barrier, minimizing the direct effects of irritants and allergens on the skin and maximizing the effect of topically applied therapies.

The Little Bodies Eczema management range includes a preventer, a reliever and a lifestyle component in the form of a wash and shampoo.

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Amit Saha

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Eczema Rash Baby Lotion… How To Choose The Right Product

By | Baby eczema

Eczema Rash Baby Lotion… How To Choose The Right Product

Learn how to choose the right lotion when your baby has an eczema rash? The skin is a complex and dynamic organ that performs several vital functions.

So, what lotion is good for baby eczema? The skin is a complex and dynamic organ that performs several vital functions. The maturation process of the skin starts at birth with the adaption of the skin to a dry environment compared to that of being in utero. Skin is in a process of evolving from birth to adulthood.  Whilst this evolution is taking place and the skin as a barrier is maturing, impaired skin function makes the skin vulnerable to chemical damage, microbial infections, and skin diseases, possibly compromising the general health of the infant.

There are some obvious differences between infant skin and that of an adult. In babies, the dermis is thinner than in adults; the ratio of skin surface area to body volume is significantly higher in babies than in adults; sweat is not able to regulate a baby’s body temperature as effectively as it does in adults and the acid mantle which only begins to develop after the baby has been born, is liable to break down during childhood.

It is with these difference in mind, that we can understand the importance of using specific skin care products on young skin. Amongst other factors, perfumes, soaps and chemicals can be irritants to sensitive baby skin and should best be avoided.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4593874/

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How to choose a body wash suitable for a baby with eczema

By | Baby eczema

Choose a baby eczema body wash.

The value of the correct cleansing product for children can’t be under estimated. This blog will help you to learn why choosing the right baby eczema body wash is so important.

The physical properties of a person’s skin are dependent on the skin’s pH. Lower pH indicates acidity and higher pH indicates alkalinity. Adults usually have an acidic skin pH of around 5.5.

Technically, it is not the skin that has the pH, but the sweat and sebaceous glands on the skin that gives it an acidic nature. This is called the acid mantle.

A person’s acid mantle can be washed or scrubbed away and it can also be neutralized by alkaline soaps and body washes that raise the pH of the skin. The acid mantle performs various functions. One of the major ones being antimicrobial action. Skin surface pH has been studied in its role in supporting the growth of normal microflora as well as inhibiting skin pathogen growth.

If you get that tight squeaky-clean feeling after washing, you’ve probably just stripped away your skin’s natural oil and disrupted your acid mantle which increases your chances of skin damage and infection.

Newborns have a pH value closer to 7 which usually declines after birth. Because of this, their skin doesn’t yet have this natural occurring acid mantle making their delicate skin prone to rashes, irritation, dryness, and chafing.

It is primarily for this physiological reason that babies skin needs particularly careful protection and should be washed using pH balanced, soap and sulphate free skin cleansers.

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Looking For An Effective Baby Eczema Treatment?

By | Baby eczema

Looking for a baby eczema treatment? Learn how to manage baby eczema

Looking for an effective baby eczema treatment? Learn, how to treat baby eczema with our 3 step management regimen of care.

The incidence of eczema is most common in infancy where it occurs in around 1 in 5 children under 2 years of age. So, it’s important to understand how to treat baby eczema?

Although some children will completely outgrow their eczema, most will continue to have the tendency for dry and sensitive skin into adulthood.

The key to living with eczema is effective treatment and management.

Whilst severe eczema often requires the use of steroids, often times mild to moderate eczema can be managed with non-steroidal treatment. The obvious downfall of using steroids is that this type of treatment needs to be stopped and started whereas if eczema is managed with the use of effective non-steroidal products including creams, lotions and washes, the regimen of care can be ongoing with no need for breaks.

Parents particularly of babies and young children are often inclined to want to stay away from the use of steroids and thus are looking to their local pharmacy for products suggestions and help to manage the condition.

Some basic tips for managing baby eczema:

  • Moisturise often to keep skin well hydrated
  • Avoid hot baths as these can dry out the skin
  • Bath with a nourishing soap and SLS free cleanser
  • Gently pat dry after bathing
  • Moisturise immediately after bathing whilst skin is damp
  • Continue to moisturise even when there is no visible eczema
  • Make use of cotton clothing and bedding
  • Do not overheat children with eczema

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