Mustela helps us understand all about eczema on our newborns, how to treat, minimize and prevent.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is present in 1 in 5 children under the age of 2.
It can cause significant stress not only to the baby but also the parents, who feel they have used every product under the sun to try and treat eczema. Atopic Eczema can be characterized by dryness, redness and itching and can alternate between periods of flare up and periods of respite. Atopic Eczema can be caused both by genetic and environmental factors such as grass, carpet, dust mites, chemicals…. The list can go on and on.
Eczema prone skin is deficient in lipids which is a fatty substance to ensure the maintenance of the protective skin barrier. This means moisture is key to controlling eczema.
Tips to help prevent and control Eczema:
Hygiene and Bathing
Regularly cut your baby’s nails short to avoid scratching.
Bathe your baby quickly (5 to 10 minutes) in warm water (36°C or 97°F), using special soap-free and fragrance-free cleansing products. Avoid using flannels.
Dry the baby gently with a 100% cotton towel without rubbing. Each day after bath time, moisturize the baby’s skin with an appropriate emollient cream.
For diaper-changing or washing your baby, use rinse-free cleansing water appropriate for atopic skin.
Humidify rooms and avoid overheating them (no higher than 19 to 20°C or 66 to 68°F).
Do not smoke and avoid contact with pets
Frequently vacuum and air out the room, and banish dust and mites (from carpets, stuffed animals and so on).
Use an appropriate laundry detergent and avoid fabric softeners.
It is essential to provide long lasting prevention to ensure your child remains comfortable and eczema free. Mustela have developed a range of skincare for babies specifically designed to help prevent eczema. This range contains Stelatopia lipid replenishing skincare products which are formulated with Avocado perseose and enriched with sunflower oil distillate.
Here are a selection of mustela products which can significantly improve your child's eczema and aid in the prevention.
Stelatopia Bath Oil
Stelatopia Bath Oil gives eczema prone skin a boost of much needed hydration, helping to replenish lipids. This bath oil soothes discomfort associated with Eczema.You simply add 1 cap full into the bath and it will instantly sooth the sensations of irritation and tightness. Mustela have also undertaken studies and results indicate 90% off those surveyed agree that the Stelatopia Bath Oil compensates for the drying effects of bathing. This product also incorporates many replenishing patented natural ingredients such as Sunflower oil distillate, avocado oil, chamomile extract and vegetable oils. Your baby will love this even more as it is hypoallergenic, and contains NO parabens, phthalate, frangrance or SLS.
Stelatopia Cleansing Cream
Mustela's Stelatopia cleansing cream cleanses the face, hair and body, soothing irritation and tightness associated with eczema. The Soap free formula provides a gentle cleanse, leaving the skin supple and soft. This product contains replenishing patented natural ingredients such as Sunflower Oil Distillate (to soothe), Avocado Perseose (to preserve cellular richness and protects the skin barrier), Very Mild surfactants (gentle cleanses without damage), and Plant based Glycerin (for its moisturizing properties and ability to limit water loss from the skin.
This product is of course Fragrance, Paraben, phthalate, SLS free! This product is amazing to use not only during flareups but also daily as a preventor.
Stelatopia Emollient Cream
Mustela Stelatopia Emollient cream is perfect to restore moisture and sooth the skin of your little one. It aids in restoring the damaged skin barrier, while strengthening the skins natural defenses. Suitable for both the face and body this cream gentle and natural, containing Sunflower Oil Distillate, Avocado Perseose and Carnauba Wax (plant based). Sunflower Oil Distillate contains many soothing properties which provides lipids which are essential in maintaining skin's moisture barrier. Further the Carnauba wax leaves a protective layer on your child's skin and the avocado Perseose preserves richness as well as moisturizing and protecting the skin barrier.
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