In our household, three of us suffer from varying degrees of eczema. You may have seen on Instagram last year, how my hands were affected.  Of our two children Valentina suffers from eczema. Hubby has it the worst of all.  As much as I stress over Angelo’s food choices, I suspect he doesn’t share in our skin concern due to his diet. He eats very little diary and meat products.  I’d like to share with you how I care for Valentina’s eczema. On hot summer nights she itches the most. This Spring she even had chicken pox as well! Poor girl. Aveeno Moisturising Cream is a staple in Valentina’s skin care.  Her results with Aveeno Skincare was very good.

 

Toddler Eczema 

Valentina developed eczema as a toddler. For a long time it was on various parts of her body causing her restless sleep. I often woke up during the night to re-apply lotion to her skin. We used to use the lanonlin based products the GP prescribed but they gave her little relief from the itchy irritated skin. One GP advised me to us petroleum jelly. He said that’s what his mum used to use. For a time I did try it out of desperation, even though it made no sense to me.

In 2014, I attended the Britmums conference. I had the opportunity of speaking to the dermatologist present at the Aveeno counter. I spoke to her about Valentina’s eczema. She explained how Aveeno worked and why petroleum jelly would never cure the skin. It took several months before I was able to get the Aveeno Moisturising Cream (Sensitive Skin range) on prescription for Valentina. Her skin improved within days.

 

Bath Time with Aveeno

Like all little children Valentina loves a nice bubble bath. We keep those to a minimum making it more of a treat rather than an every experience. When she’s having a bubble bath, I usually add an organic oil to the water so her skin doesn’t dry out. After a bubble bath:

  1. I rinse her skin off with plain water
  2. Then lightly towel dry her skin and massage in an organic oil leave it for a few seconds
  3. I follow up with Aveeno Moisturising Cream.

I recently discovered Aveeno Bath Oil. It was sent to us by Aveeno’s PR. It has a mild pleasant oaty-nutty smell. Added to water it seems to somehow bond with it. It doesn’t sit on top of the water. Instead it makes feel softer and looks opaque in colour. I think it would be perfect for mid-week and weekend baths.

I will not need to oil her skin on a regular basis. I can reserve that if  a major flare up occurs or mini me pampering session.  I’ll continue to use the cream as part of her post-bath/ shower skin care regime.

 

Aveeno’s Sensitive Skin

Aveeno’s Sensitive Skin range is ‘specially formulated with colloidal oatmeal to care for dry, sensitive skin’. The Bath oil can be used in one of the following ways:

Add approximately 30ml (2 tablespoons) to bath water or massage directly onto wet skin and rinse off under the shower.

The Moisturising Cream is made with finely milled oatmeal. I noticed after using the cream on Valentina, her skin looks and feels moisturised. It doesn’t leave that sticky- tacky feel that some creams can have. The irritated skin immediately starts to calm down and losses some of it redness while I’m massaging it into her skin. Her skin is much better.

The flares ups seem isolated to her cheek and knee area. She’s very independent but has not perfected her self-care habits, yet. The 300 ml bottle usually lasts us about one month. We use it few times daily. It RRP £13.67, available at all good pharmacies.

Where To Buy

Visit the Aveeno website to find more about their products.  You purchase Aveeno from most major pharmacies or you can request it via your GP on prescription of your child. 

 

 

This post was written to commemorate National Ezcema Week 17th – 25th September 2016. We were sent samples of the products mentioned about by the brand’s PR in exchange for sharing our skincare regime. They had not control over the content above.

(Updated May 14th 2020)

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