DRY SKIN SPECIAL
Eczema (also known as Atopic Dermatitis)
What is Eczema?
Eczema is an itchy skin condition marked by inflammation of the skin, and closely associated with hayfever and asthma. It
usually appears in infancy (in babies between two-to-six months of age) and disappears around six years of age. In fact,
more than half of all eczema sufferers show signs within their first 12 months of life and 90 per cent of people develop
eczema before the age of 5. Eczema rash appears commonly on the face, armpits, knees, elbows and hands. Eczema is
non-contagious and may flare up suddenly or subside from one day to the next.
What are the causes?
The causes of eczema are still unknown but the following factors may contribute to eczema in infants:
Environmental factors - exposure to chemical irritants, certain clothing and pollen
Household allergens including dust mites, pets and moulds
Over heating and air conditioning can also dry out skin
Closely associated with asthma and hayfever
Genetically handed down from parents and grand-parents
Allergic reaction to certain foods
Anxiety and stressful conditions
What are the signs and symptoms?
Rash, pimples and blisters (in rash)
Redness and inflammation
Crusting and cracked skin
Scaling, flaky skin
Dry thick lesions
Common sense tips to relieve the symptoms
Use chemical-free baths and washes and add few drops of oil to the bath water
Moisturise richly within 3 minutes of bathing, to seal in moisture. For dry skin, moisturise twice a day.
For dry skin, give baby plenty of water to replace evaporation
Massaging with oil after baby’s bath is extremely calming and soothing and will comfort and reduce anxiety in your
After swimming, rinse chlorine off baby, apply moisturiser abundantly – sea water and the sun can be beneficial but
limit exposure to the sun on hot days
Cotton clothing is preferable to woollen or acrylics. Use cotton bed linen.
Use chemical free washing powders and fabric softeners
Trim fingernails, cover with mittens at night to reduce scratching
Keep house temperatures even and avoid extreme changes in weather with appropriate clothing
Limit intake of foods such as dairy products, wheat, eggs if they appear to aggravate the condition
Distract your child from scratching by suggesting a change in activity
How can you help?
You can help your child by understanding and learning about the condition. As soon as the first sign of eczema appears,
make a note of everything new your baby has been exposed to. In particular, when babies who are around 4-5 months old
are introduced to solids, new foods and drinks. Consider any new clothing baby has worn. Also note what detergents and
household cleaners you have used. Allergies could be caused by something unobvious as a new feather or foam pillow.
Experiment with baby’s immediate environment and remove anything which you feel is causing an allergic reaction or
eczema. Then see if the condition improves. Naturally, see a doctor, if the eczema worsens.
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Caring By Nature is pleased to be able to help mothers care for their baby’s skin. Our natural products such as Baby Body
Lotion, Baby Body Wash and Baby Massage Oil have no petroleums, sulphates or harsh chemicals and will not harm your
baby. In addition the 100% pure essential oils (no synthetic perfumes or fragrance) have been chosen for their excellence in
reducing inflammation, soothing redness, itching and are wound healing.
Many of our mothers have recommended our natural products to relieve their children’s dry and itchy skin and even use the
lotion and oil on themselves:
“I find the baby lotion very effective for my baby’s dry skin. I can certainly recommend it to other mothers.”
Dana Vanjesevic – Noble Park
“Just a bit of feedback re: your products. I have been using the bottom barrier for the last few weeks, and am extremely happy with
the product. In fact this is my preferred nappy rash treatment now and I no longer use other products. Mya has had no reaction
whatsoever and in fact it has really helped her nappy rash.
I will definitely be recommending your products.”
Tammy - Oakleigh
Seek Medical Advice
Parents should seek medical advice to keep eczema under control. The doctor will be able to assist with suitable medication
and treatment. Allergy testing and dietary advice may be recommended by them.
The website for the Eczema Association of Australia is : http://www. eczema.org.au/info/facts.html
ECZEMA MOISTURISING CREAM SHEA BUTTER SOAP BALL
200gm soap base powder (made from palm and coconut
70GM MOISTURISER BASE CREAM oils)
10ML CALENDULA INFUSED OIL 100ml purified water approximately
10ML JOJOBA OIL 1 tbsp green clay
10ML EVENING PRIMROSE OIL 1 tbsp shea butter melted
2 DROPS LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL 1 tsp calendula oil
1 DROP BLUE CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL 20 drops mandarin essential oil
2 DROPS YARROW ESSENTIAL OIL 5 drops lavender essential oil
4 DROPS SANDALWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL
1. Mix the soap base and clay together in a bowl
APPLY TWICE DAILY, ESPECIALLY AFTER 2. Stir in the water, shea butter, calendula oil and essential
3. working quickly, knead the ingredients together
4. Your soap mixture can now be rolled into a ball the size
of a plum
5. Leave to dry and set properly in a warm, dry, airy spot.
The soap balls will dry in about two or three days.
EVENING PRIMROSE OIL
Evening primrose oil is most often taken in the form of capsules, but it can be applied on the skin, and in treating allergic
skin problems. Evening primrose oil contains high amounts of gamma linoleic acid, which is one of the essential fatty acids
vital for the maintenance of healthy epidermal cells. It enhances the skin’s ability to develop normal barrier functions. It is
used in the treatment of dry, flaky, sensitive skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also excellent in treating
menstrual and pre menstrual problems. Put a few drops in baby’s bath for soft, supple skin.
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