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Baby Eczema Face…? Why And How To Control This Problem

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Does your baby suffer from eczema on their face? Why this happens and how to control this problem with our 3 steps regimen of care for eczema management.

Traditionally when people think of babies, the image conjured up involves beautiful soft, smooth, plump, unblemished skin. Generally, this is what is referred to when we talk about baby skin. Thinking about it, it’s ironic that we refer to soft, smooth skin as baby skin as statistically a person is more likely to suffer from rashes, redness, dryness and other signs and symptoms of eczema including eczema on the face as a baby or young child than as an adult.

Facial eczema can cause considerable distress for parents both for its impact on the physical comfort of their child and because aesthetically this is not how parents have imagined their baby would look.

Eczema on the face is particularly common in babies and children and normally 1st appears between the ages of two months and six months old. Babies cheeks and their forehead are often affected first but Atopic Dermatitis often spreads to other parts of the body over time. The symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis, which include dry, red, itchy and irritated skin are often extremely uncomfortable for the child.

The reason why eczema may begin on the face for babies is because this is the area that they can most easily rub on carer’s clothing, on sheets in bed, and with their hands both deliberately and accidently. Because skin is dry and itchy, children scratch and rub and so the vicious circle known as the Atopic Skin Cycle begins.

What is the Atopic Skin Cycle?

The infant scratches their skin and this scratching damages the skin’s protective barrier. With a now damaged protective barrier, Staphylococcus Aureus a bacteria is able to multiply and infect the skin. This infection causes inflammation and itching which worsens the condition making skin even more irritable and itchy and causing the infant to rub and scratch more. And so the cycle continues.

What can be done to try halt this cycle?

There is no known cure for Atopic Dermatitis so the focus should be on daily skin maintenance and on supporting the skin’s protective barrier to prolong the period between flare-ups. Thus giving the skin the moisture it needs to prevent further dryness will help.

My bub is already showing eczema on their face. Now what?

Chances are they may develop further eczema on other parts of their body. These tips may be of help to care for sensitive skin:

  • Being aware that harsh cleansers can strip away essential lipids and damage the delicate protective barrier and moisture balance of young skin. It is best to avoid bubble baths, traditional alkaline soaps and harsh surfactants such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. Choose a mild, soap-free cleanser such as Little Bodies Eczema Wash & Shampoo.  
  • Keep in mind that even water itself can actually increase moisture loss so bathing and skin cleansing should ideally be done with quick baths or showers where possible. Warm water should be used in place of hot water as hot water causes further moisture loss.
  • Children’s skin is thinner and has less pigmentation than adult skin so it is always best to make use of a product specifically formulated for children. Little Bodies Eczema Moisturising Lotion is one such product.
  • It’s important to moisturise your baby’s body immediately after cleansing to avoid further evaporation of water from their skin. Bear in mind that moisturising once a day may not necessarily be sufficient particularly on children’s hands and faces which are likely to need more frequent care.
  • If your little one seems particularly itchy, you could try to relieve the itch by making use of something cool on the area like a cold, damp face wash cloth or a small ice pack covered in a thin cotton cloth. I know from my own son that he often found this to immediately stop an intense itch. He however would never think to ask for an ice pack as once the itch starts, the 1st instance is to just scratch and scratch but use your mummy instincts and head for the cool compress sooner rather than later.
  • If you miss the beginning of the cycle, and it turns into an eczema flare-up, reach for a good quality cream such as Little Bodies Eczema Relief Cream.
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Baby Eczema Natural Remedies… Ingredients That Matter

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Baby Eczema Natural Remedies… Ingredients That Matter

If you are anything like me, and thousands of other parents of children with eczema, you would most likely have spent many sleepless night trawling through eczema support groups, blogs, online forums, or googling baby eczema natural remedies. On any of these you are bound to have found questions from desperate parents asking for recommendations of products to help their child’s current eczema flare-up or you may have been the one asking the questions.

The problem then becomes deciding whose opinion to listen to… which advise do you take?  Invariably there will be multiple people offering umpteen different suggestions of what has been useful to their child.

Those who have been dealing with the condition for some time know that what helps one sufferer may not be useful to another or worse still, may cause irritation to another.

So what’s the answer? …

As a starting point, after years of dealing with eczema, and my involvement in skin care as a producer of creams,  I’d suggest that you could take a look at the ingredients list to give you a hint as to the usefulness of a product’s ingredients or their potential to cause irritation.

What to look for?

Ingredients you don’t want to see

• Petrochemicals. These are a set of ingredients used in almost every skincare product found in grocery stores and on pharmacy shelves. The majority of petrochemicals used today are made from petroleum. Petrochemicals are most often used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics, and sometimes to “water down” or increase the spreadability of a product. They are also sometimes used to add and disperse fragrance throughout a product. It is, very common for petroleum-derived ingredients to be irritating, sensitising and very drying on the skin.

• Fragrances. Essentially these offer no benefit to the products usefulness but may cause irritation to those with sensitive skins.

• Sulphates. These are agents that help with the foaming action of products but can be irritants to sensitive skin.

Why Little Bodies is a good option for those with eczema.

  • The Little Bodies range is free from food proteins, petrochemicals, fragrances and sulphates.
  • The Little Bodies range includes speciality ingredients to help soothe and moisturise sensitive and eczema prone skin. These include:
    1. Colloidal Oatmeal – soothes and comforts itchy and dry skin
    2. Aloe Vera – has natural healing properties and promotes tissue repair
    3. Peppermint Oil – has cooling and anti-itching properties
    4. Calendula – has anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory properties
  • The Little Bodies eczema management range has been clinically tested.

Our range is available online.

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Eczema Awareness Week – Free Eczema Clinics & Community Service Announcements

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According to NSW Health, there are parents of school aged children constantly contacting them for advice on how to stem the damage that bullies inflict on their child who can appear different because of their eczema and the way it looks. NSW Health are quoted as saying, “It is a common and very sad reality that a lot of children and parents think that eczema is contagious and that sufferers of eczema are dirty. It’s heartbreaking and it’s a real problem!” yourhealthlink.health.nsw.gov.au

NSW Health are hoping to address this problem with their Community Service Announcements which will appear on all television networks across Australia featuring “The Professor” presenting Eczema for Dummies.

Fortunately, my son has never been the victim of bullying. I can’t even begin to understand how distressing this would be to cope with on top of dealing with the stress of living with eczema. This NSW initiative sounds phenomenal and I for one will be on the lookout for the announcements next week.

Another useful and fantastic initiative is, The Eczema Association of Australasia’s (EEA) free eczema clinics being run during Eczema Awareness Week, which Little Bodies are very proud to be supporting.

According to Cheryl Talent, EEA President, Australia has “one of the highest incidences of eczema in the world, affecting one in three Aussies at some stage of their lives, it’s hard to believe that some patients are forced to wait months for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.”

EAA will be hosting the free eczema clinics to give children and their parents the opportunity to be properly diagnosed and to receive advice in a face to face setting whilst cutting down on the lengthy wait times currently being experienced in the health system.

Little Bodies has donated free give away bags which will be filled with free sample products and information from both Little Bodies as well as Dermal Therapy – our sister brand and sample products and literature from other suppliers of eczema care ranges.

Ms Talent, stresses the need and importance of providing parents and sufferers alike with the information necessary to manage what can be a debilitating skin condition.

Eczema Awareness Week runs from Monday 14th May. The clinics will run in the following locations:
Sydney: Monday 14 May, 9am – 12.30pm at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, 121 Crown St Darlinghurst 2010.
Melbourne: Tuesday 15 May, 9am – 12.30pm at the Skin Cancer Foundation, Level 1, 80 Drummond St, Carlton 3053.
Brisbane: Thursday 17 May, 9am – 12.30pm at the Mater Hospital Brisbane, Des O’Callaghan Auditorium, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane 4101.
EEA will have on hand samples of Little Bodies Eczema Relief Cream and Little Bodies Eczema Relief Lotion. Pop around to the clinic to grab your trial samples or, if you can’t get there, drop us a message.

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Why Eczema In Children Seems Worse During The Night

By | Baby eczema

I’m sure that as an eczema parent you would have noticed that with night fall comes an itch so intense that it drives little eczema kiddies, and their parents to distraction. It certainly has nothing to do with the usual bed time delaying techniques which most children are famous for. It is not “put on” by children trying to get out of going to sleep.

Sadly, these little eczema kiddies are often so sleep deprived and exhausted from multiple disturbed nights that all they want is a good night’s rest. But with night fall, comes an itch that often didn’t appear as severe during the day.

Increased itch at night from eczema is one of the most frustrating parts of this chronic disease. But why does this happen? Why is it that eczema seems to get worse just before bedtime or as these little fighters are falling asleep?

The answer is very simple and relates to the body’s secretion of cortisol which is the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory hormone. Cortisol is at its highest level in the morning and the lowest level at night.

Considering your child’s natural rhythms of cortisol production are working against you, what can you do help ease night time itch?

Your child’s bedding

  • Children often get warm at night under their covers. Heat can make eczema act up. Make sure not to use woollen blankets and plastic mattress protectors. Stick with soft cotton sheets.
  • Consider mattress encasements. Dust mites are a common known eczema trigger and putting a barrier between your child and the dust mites in their mattress can really help if this is a trigger for your child.

Your child’s pyjamas – ensure they are as “irritant free” as possible by:

  • Choosing cotton pyjamas.
  • Turn pyjamas inside out to ensure that there are no seams rubbing on sensitive skin.

Toys

  • Minimise the number of fluffy and dust collecting toys that your child has in their bedroom and on their bed.
  • If you child has a special sleep teddy you can freeze it periodically to kill off dust mites. Once it has thawed out you can place it in the dryer on air or low for about 15-20 minutes to fluff it up. The dust mite allergens will get vented out in the drying process.

Evening bathing

  • Night time bathing is useful to wash off environmental allergens from the day.
  • An evening bath is often a good wind down for the night.
  • Your child can enjoy a bubble bath experience with Little Bodies Eczema Wash & Shampoo which has a slight foaming action.
  • Bath in luke warm water. Hot water and eczema are not a good mix.
  • Pat the skin gently after bathing.
  • Moisturise with Little Bodies Eczema Moisturising Lotion as soon as the skin has been gently dried off. Skin does not need to be dried completely.
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The holy grail

By | Baby eczema
Ask anyone dealing with eczema what their biggest frustration is and I can almost guarantee that lack of knowledge of what has brought on a flare-up is right there at the top of the list.
This week is World Allergy Week. The year’s focus, Atopic Dermatitis/ Eczema: An Itch that Rashes couldn’t be more relevant to our eczema community.
Daily I read parents desperate accounts of skin that was fine one day and out of control the next. As an eczema community dealing with this condition, we all have the same ultimate goal – to find out as individuals what sets our eczema off.
Eczema causes known as triggers vary from person to person, they can change with the seasons and can vary over time. What was it that could have been the trigger this time is an almost impossible question to answer.  Was it a new food, an environmental allergen, something in a skin product we used? The list is endless.
For World Allergy Week this week, The World Allergy Organization (WAO) will be addressing the need for greater awareness and understanding of atopic dermatitis including the role of food allergy as well as quality of life concerns, new treatment options, the socio-economic burden and the importance of skin care. All very relevant topics for our community which you may find useful to follow. In fact, WAO is asking that all allergy communities help share their messages to spread the word about living with allergies and this year particularly, about living with eczema.
At Little Bodies, we can’t stress enough the importance of ongoing skin care management.
Our Little Bodies eczema product range is a regimen of care for the very youngest of sufferers. The range covers daily cleansing and moisturising needs and flare-up treatment using effective, gentle, non-irritating, steroid free products.

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If you enjoyed this blog, you might be interested in reading some of our other blogs including, The itch that rashes and Little Bodies Eczema Treatment, The Back Story.
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Disclaimer: *In certain cases, steroid products may be a part of an eczema treatment regimen as recommended by a healthcare practitioner. By stating that our products are steroid free, LaCorium Health is not implying that steroidal products are harmful to a consumer.

Eczema Awareness Week or is it…

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Whilst this week in the USA, April 16th – 22nd is Eczema & Psoriasis Awareness Week, at the depth of my son’s eczema journey, every week in our home was eczema awareness week, every day, every hour and at times, every minute was a reminder of a life consumed with the perils of dealing with eczema.

Being here, reading this blog, I suspect you probably have the same situation with yourself, or a loved one.

There are many benefits of having a dedicated, publicised and promoted eczema awareness week. For me, there are two main benefits. The first being that those who are not directly affected become more aware that eczema is not just a little itch, it’s an ongoing and often debilitating condition affecting a large proportion of the population. And the second and even more valuable purpose is that of being able to realise that you as an eczema sufferer or loved one of a sufferer are not alone on the eczema journey.

According to the National Eczema Association findings in a recent survey, more than 30 percent of adults with atopic dermatitis (AD) reported that they have been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. This is almost 4 times higher than the general U.S. population which is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have rates of depression of 7.6 percent. Whilst these are US statistics, it would seem logical that it would be a reasonable assumption that similar statistics would be found the world over.

If you are new to eczema, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Ask advise and opinions from those who have travelled this road for a long time. And if you are an “old hat”, join a community, share your struggles with those that can relate and understand what you are dealing with. A problem shared is a problem halved – or so the saying goes.

As we are all too well aware, eczema, being an ongoing condition requires management to keep under control.

Here’s hoping the Little Bodies regimen of eczema care products can make the task of managing eczema a little easier for your special little one.

Our products, which have been selling in the USA for some time, have recently launched in the Australian market and are available online.

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We hope you feel able to share your story, or ask advice in our comments section below.

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The itch that rashes

By | Baby eczema

The “itch that rashes” is the phrase that I remember a dermatologist using when referring to my then infant son’s eczema. I later learnt that this is commonly used terminology amongst the medical professionals because generally the first symptom of eczema is an intense itching and only later the rash appears. The eczema rash goes through stages of improvements and stages of worsening, referred to as a flare-up.

Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. There are multiple types of eczema, the most common being atopic dermatitis.

Confusingly, the word eczema is often times used specifically when referring to atopic dermatitis, even though this is only a type of eczema.

According to allergy.org.au, atopic dermatitis is most common in infants where it occurs in around 1 in 5 children under 2 years of age and it is often within the first 6 months of age that it is seen to begin. Some people outgrow the condition, whilst others continue to have it into adulthood. Statically, 36% of children 6 years and under have eczema and by 12 years this has dropped to 10% which is the ongoing incidence of eczema in the adult population.

The causes for the development of eczema or the flare-up of the condition are varied and often times very difficult to pin point. Generally, it is a combination of both genes and environmental triggers that cause eczema.

Atopic dermatitis happens when the immune system goes into overdrive in response to an allergen or irritant inside or outside the body.

It is important to note that eczema is not contagious. You can’t “catch it” from someone else and you can’t pass it on to someone else.

In infants under 2, rashes commonly appear on the scalp and cheeks and cause extreme itching. This itching often interferes with sleeping. Continuous rubbing and scratching can lead to skin infections.

From 2 years until puberty, the rashes commonly appear in “the crease” –  behind the creases of elbows or knees as well as on the neck, wrists, ankles, and the crease between buttock and legs.

There is no cure for eczema. A good care regimen will go a long way towards making living with eczema more manageable for your and your child. Where possible, it is better to stay on top of eczema and not allow flare-ups to develop or get out of hand.  Yes, yes, trust me, I know this is really idealistic and often times not achievable. 

Little Bodies is a steroid free, clinically tested regimen of care specifically developed for children with eczema. The range has been designed to be an all-in-one gentle, effective and efficacious option for childhood eczema management.

The 3 products in the range are:

Little Bodies Eczema Relief Cream for the symptomatic relief of flare-ups. For many this stage notes the starting point of the eczema journey.

Little Bodies Eczema Moisturising Lotion for the ongoing management of skin hydration and to help prevent flare-ups. Going back to my notion of not allowing flare-ups to develop, this would be the everyday moisturiser to keep using even when skin is looking pretty as a picture to help avoid the skin getting out of control. 

Little Bodies Eczema Wash and Shampoo for head to toe cleansing.  For me, this product epitomises where the problem of eczema triggers is often overlooked, in the bathing stage where products used unfortunately become part of the problem and not the solution. 

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Disclaimer: *In certain cases, steroid products may be a part of an eczema treatment regimen as recommended by a healthcare practitioner. By stating that our products are steroid free, LaCorium Health is not implying that steroidal products are harmful to a consumer.

Little Bodies’ Eczema Treatment, The Back Story

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As a mum, we all want the best for our children. That’s why, as a mum of a child who has suffered with chronic eczema since infancy, I have been determined to find a gentle yet effective eczema treatment to the problem of the ongoing management of childhood eczema.

My husband and I have been in the business of skin care for over 20 years and it made sense for us to develop the Little Bodies range of eczema products for children such as our own son. Little Bodies in a regimen of care, specifically formulated to be gentle, free from common allergens and to effectively both soothe inflamed and eczema prone skin and reduce flare-ups  on even the youngest of babies.

The Little Bodies range of products are hypoallergenic and non-irritating.  In a study conducted in Germany, they have been clinically tested to be as effective as 1 % hydrocortisone.  Whilst being visually appealing to children, the product range is just as suitable for use by teens and adults.

Approximately 36% of children under 6 years of age in Australia have eczema.

There are 2 ways to treat eczema.

Steroids vs non-steroidal treatment products

Steroids are not a sustainable long term option because they cause thinning of the skin, cause rebound effects when stopped and have to be continually started and stopped.

There are an abundance of non-steroidal treatment options, making it is very hard to know where to begin choosing a product. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Many of the products that fall into this category often contain nut oils or other ingredients which many people with eczema are allergic or sensitive to.

As parents, to a child who has suffered from eczema since infancy, we understand the stressful situation that parents of eczema children find themselves in, constantly walking the fine line between the options of steroid use vs non-steroidal products or trying to manage combining the 2 treatments together.

Our years in skin care and our personal understanding of childhood eczema have put us into the unique position of being able to research and develop an effective regimen of eczema care which is non-steroidal, effective and gentle. The Little Bodies range, developed specifically for children has been clinically tested against 1% hydrocortisone (steroids) for its efficacy.

The Little Bodies range consists of 3 products which work together to form a complete care system.

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Little Bodies Eczema Relief Cream, containing 5% colloidal oatmeal has been clinically proven to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-itch results. It is also fortified with aloe vera, peppermint oil and calendula tincture. In clinical trials over a 24hr period, Little Bodies Cream has been shown to work as well as 1% hydrocortisone in relieving itch, redness and swelling.  The cream is suitable for mild to moderate eczema care. Our aim, is to get children ‘s skin so well controlled that they have less reliance on the Eczema Relief Cream.

Little Bodies Eczema Moisturising Lotion is a hypo- allergenic, non irritating, petrochemical free, intensive moisturiser with soothing properties. It can be used both as an eczema treatment product and as a preventative product. It has been clinically tested to increase skin hydration by 35% in 7 days and lock in the moisture for 24 hours. Through daily use the frequency and severity of flare-ups can be reduced.

If your care routine requires the use of a steroid, Little Bodies Eczema Moistursing Lotion can safely be used in conjunction with a topically applied steroid preparation to moisturise the skin with the aim of reducing the need for the steroid.

Little Bodies Eczema Wash and Shampoo is the final product in the trio of care. It is a hypo -allergenic, non irritating, non drying cleansing liquid with built – in soothing properties. The soap free, tear free wash is free from SLS and all other kind of sulphates. This foaming wash can safely be used as a bubble bath on even the most sensitive of skin.

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