BUYERS’ GUIDE: Best shower creams for baby’s eczema

It’s important to choose a gentle, soothing bath product to clean bubba if he’s suffering from that itchy skin condition.

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It is heartbreaking to see rashes on your little one’s young skin as a result of that itchy condition, eczema. Worse when he’s wailing in frustration from the unbearable itch. To prevent flare-ups or cause more damage to his delicate skin, make sure that your baby’s soap does not contain harmful ingredients.

So, watch out for substances like glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol that tend to dry or irritate the skin. Choose bath products that are free from artificial preservatives like methylparaben and butylparaben, which can trigger inflammation. Opt for natural preservatives like neem or grapefruit seed extract instead. While you might think a lightly scented soap can make bathtime more inviting — besides leaving your little one smelling oh-so-sweet — such chemicals can do more harm than good.

Choose products with natural ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, which acts like an emollient to moisturise and heal inflamed skin. Emollients form an oily layer above the skin, which helps it trap water, thus relieving dry and irritated skin.

By the way, if you’re switching to a new soap, stop its use and seek medical advice if you spot any flare-ups. Check out these tried and tested washes that soothe your tot’s skin even as they clean:

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Aveeno Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturising Wash

PRICE $17.90/236 ml
FROM Pupsik Studio
WHAT Made with soothing oat essence and colloidal oatmeal, the creamy soap is mild on a baby’s tender skin. With the National Eczema Association’s — an American non-profit organisation — Seal of Acceptance, users are assured that it’s free from potential skin irritants. However, it contains sodium chloride and sodium benzoate, ingredients that could exacerbate eczema.
PARENTS SAY Mum of two Penelope Ng likes that it keeps her daughter’s eczema under control as well as the pleasant scent. The light foam turns into a rich lather when mixed with water, creating lots of bubbles and great for bathtime fun. One downside — since the bottle doesn’t have a pump, it’s makes dispensing the soap a little difficult.

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Jo Lauren Baby Castile Foamy Wash Organic Lavender & Ylang Ylang

PRICE $28.90/250ml
FROM Jo Lauren Organic Baby Skin Food
WHAT Unlike other types of soaps, Castile soap contains glycerine, so it’s less drying and harsh on baby’s fragile skin. The ingredients should put mothers at ease, since it includes organic oils like coconut, olive and jojoba. It also boasts aloe vera leaf extract, which moisturises the skin, while the soothing lavender and ylang ylang scents should lull baby to sleep.
PARENTS SAY One mother says the wash is really moisturising, while another mum was thrilled that it calmed her son’s mild eczema rash.

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