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                Dealing with sensitive baby skin
By Lindsey Miller, Medical herbalist and skin advisor,
Mahi Naturals (UK distributor for Hope’s Relief)

What is eczema and what causes it?
Eczema is a noncontagious chronic itchy skin condition. The skin may be inflamed and red. Lesions can appear dry at times but also often weepy, encrusted and scaly.
It is very common in young children and up to one in five will suffer from it. Eczema can often start in the first six months of life and may last into childhood, adolescence and sometimes adulthood. There is no ‘cure’ for eczema but it can often be effectively managed with periods of abstinence.
Eczema can be triggered by a number of factors. For instance, it is often worse in winter months when the air is dry and skin is exposed to the fluctuation of cold wind chill temperatures outdoors, and dry central heating inside. It can also be worsened by other factors such as; topical exposure to irritating substances (laundry detergents, topical detergents, air fresheners, fabrics such as wool etc) or allergic triggers (ie diet, pet hair, dust mites-carpets etc). In young infants, saliva from drooling may cause additional irritation, particularly to area around the mouth, cheeks, chin and neck.

How does a baby’s skin differ from our own, and what do we need to bear in mind when choosing skincare products?
Children are developing at a rapid rate, their delicate skin is more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals and they are less able to detoxify than adults. Try to avoid harmful chemicals, some common ones include: sodium lauryl sulphate /sodium laureth sulphate, parabens-(methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl), perfumes, artificial colours, mineral oils and petrochemicals.

What to do if your child is suffering from eczema:
Don’t over wash and avoid using too much detergent. Some experts suggest it is better to bath a baby only once or twice a week instead of every day and ‘top and tail’ the rest of the time, (ie. Clean bottoms, faces and hands as needed). Use plain warm water and a small amount of very mild soap or soap-free cleansing bar if needed.
Bin your toxic baby wipes. Look at the packaging of your wipes and you will find that many contain harmful ingredients ie; alcohol, perfume and surfactants! If you have to use them when out and about pick those that are non-chlorine bleached, unscented and alcohol-free offering a more natural alternative or simply use a cotton wash cloth and soap-free cleansing bar.
Be aware of washing powders and fabrics, washing powders should be non-biological. Avoid fabric softeners (and anything strongly perfumed). Cotton clothing and bedding keep the skin cool and allow it to breathe, whereas synthetic fabrics and wool can irritate.
Try to limit children from scratching. Easier said than done, especially at night when this can sometimes get worse. Scratching damages the skin further resulting in exacerbation and further skin trauma. The hands are one of the worst vectors of bacteria so touching and scratching can introduce bacteria into vulnerable skin! Using a natural cotton babygrow and hand mittens or a cotton ‘onesie’ for older children, as well as keeping nails clean and short may be useful.
Identify any food triggers In about 10% of cases, food is the main trigger of eczema in children, yet food may be one of the causes or exacerbating factors in about 30% of children with eczema. Even those who are affected by diet will still need to have a good skincare routine to help heal the eczema and stop it getting worse with an itch-scratch-itch cycle. Common food triggers to look out for include: Dairy - cow’s milk, cheese, eggs, soya, wheat, fish, nuts. Solanceae or deadly nightshade family - potatoes, aubergines, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. I have often found orange juice can also make skin conditions worse! N.B. it is important for children to have a healthy balanced diet, if a food is suspected contact your Doctor or seek professional advice before beginning an elimination diet.

Choose the best natural products and look after the skin
Hope’s Relief is Australia’s number one natural skincare range for eczema, psoriasis and dry itchy skin conditions. Developed over the last 35 years the range is 100% safe, even for newborn infants and children of all ages. It is free from sodium laurel sulphates, parabens, coal tar, artificial colours and fragrances and contains no mineral oils or petrochemicals.

Its key active ingredients include:

•   Organic Manuka Honey UMF10+
A superior Medical Grade honey (used in clinical trials for wounds, hospital dressings). It is very anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, wound healing and anti-inflammatory.

•   Gotu Kola
A traditional herbal medicine containing triterpenoids, which studies have shown may help heal and strengthen skin and increase blood supply to the affected area. Also activates collagen to help strengthen the skin.

•   Aloe Vera
Helps to cool and moisturise damaged skin. It also includes vitamins, enzymes, minerals and amino acids, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits and can help support skin healing.

•   Organic Calendula
A wonderful botanical, this helps reduces inflammation and supports new tissue growth promoting healing and the repair of damaged skin.

•   Licorice Root
Anti-allergic and anti- inflammatory, licorice is often regarded as nature’s hydrocortisone. Licorice promotes healing and contains antioxidants, phytochemicals and magnesium.

We have case studies we can share, which demonstrate the healing power of Hope’s Relief.

The Hope’s Relief range includes: Intensive Dry Skin Rescue Cream, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap-Free Cleansing Bar, Hydrating Body Lotion, Goats Milk Body Wash and Goats Milk Soap. For more information visit

Lindsey Miller BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & (Herbal Medicine) MCPP,  Biography.

Medical herbalist Lindsey Miller from Hope’s Relief, Australia’s #1 natural skincare range for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis is educated to Degree level BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & (Herbal Medicine) and has had over 6 years of practitioner experience and 6 years’ experience within the natural products industry.

Lindsey has wealth of healthcare knowledge and first-hand experience on what really works. Lindsey has been a featured health expert for various publications, online and on radio, her success stories using herbal medicine have also been featured on BBC News Website.

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