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Baby Eczema - The Topicals Review

Baby Eczema - The Topicals Review

Jay never had any dryness symptoms up until he was three months. His skin was literally baby butter smooth that make me want to kiss him all day long. Then boom, out of the blue, those ugly rough red patches just pop out like nobody's business.

It was obviously really itchy so poor baby scratched his face whenever he could. And now at 5 months, he has learnt to use those crafty fingers of his to scratch from top to toe. Anyone with an eczema baby knows that it's a dangerous sign as the dry patches will become infected if they're bleeded.

Every time I bring my baby out, people will come staring at his face and suggest me to use this cream and that cream. They probably don't know that I'm one of those desperately crazy mothers who will buy any creams out there in the hope that somehow it will save my baby 's skin. And I've tried a few to know which is good and bad and which costs a fortune but never work. So here it is, a rather lengthy post but I hope it will come handy when you have to decide what creams to buy. Hopefully you won't waste money on under-performed products like I did. The review order is from left to right.

AVEENO Dermexa Moisturising Cream / NZD 22.99 for 206g
This cream has a thick texture but it's quite quick to absorb into baby's skin. It is fragrant free so you don't have to worry about those nasty chemicals. The formula has triple oat complex and ceramides so it is supposed to be more moisturizing compare to other Aveeno's baby lotions. 

Jay's skin was soft after the first couple uses but those red patches never went away. So I figured this might not work for med - severe eczema. In my baby case, it was on the border line of severe condition. Also Petrolatum which is known as mineral oil is listed as 4th ingredient on the list. And we all know mineral oil has some adverse affects on baby skin. All in all, Dermexa is good to use as a daily moisturizer to keep skin hydrated, but for the price you pay it might be better to get the Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion which has very similar ingredients but half the price.

Will I buy this again / No

Heart rating:  💚

SORBOLENE / Free if you're in NZ / 1 Litre Bottle
This cream is fully subsidized by the government so it's prescribed to babies for free. I can get like 3 big 1 litre bottles for each prescription. I really hate this cream in the beginning. Well because it really smells like horse poo. It's not like I have ever sniffed that but you get the idea. The smell is rather funky. If you can get over that, it is quite an excellent cream to soften any rough patches and provide a great skin barrier against harsh weather.

The downside is it is not a natural cream what so ever. Sorbolene contains mineral oil and paraben. So those mothers who into organics probably will not approve this cream. For me it's free and it really does helps with Jay's condition so I have grown to like it. Though I only use on his arms, legs and body, not the face. There's another cream for that but we'll get to it.

Will I get this again / Yes

Heart rating: 💚💚💚

CETAPHIL Baby Daily Lotion / NZD 10.50 for 400ml
The only reason I got this was because it was on sale which turned out to be a huge mistake. I absolutely hate this watery lotion with soapy fragrance. It was a such shame as I'm a huge fan of Cetaphil for years, in particular with their gentle skin cleanser. This baby lotion does claim to be paraben, mineral oil and colourant free. But after a few uses I decided that it was a very bad lotion which feels like slapping on fragrant water and it leaves sticky residue.

Will I buy this again / No

Heart rating:  💚

HOPE'S RELIEF Itchy Dry Skin Cream - Concentrated Formula / NZD 28 for 60ml
This is one of the most expensive creams for such little amount. But if you look at its ingredient list you will understand the hefty price. It's an all natural cream packs with licorice, aloe vera, manuka honey, gotu kola, canlendula.

I came into a homeopathic chemist one day looking for an organic cream for Jay and they suggested hope's relief as one of their best seller for baby eczema. I was skeptical about it at first so I asked for a sample to try. And boy I'm glad that I did because it worked like a charm on Jay's red burning cheeks. The cream texture is thick but it absorbs quickly leaving skin all smooth and soft. The rough patches didn't disappear the next day but it really helped to calm down any angry skin. The smell is divine too. It's like putting honey on your face. I just wish that there was more to it. A small tube went by really fast. But other than that I absolutely adore this cream. You can also get a lotion version of this at similar price but for 200 ml. A good option if your child only has mild eczema.

Will I buy this again / Yes absolutely

Heart rating: 💚💚💚💚

ITCHY BABY Natural Oatmeal Moisturiser with Organic Coconut / NZD 23 for 150g
Another all natural cream made famous on Facebook. Every now and then an ad for Itchy Baby products will pop up on my Facebook threads. It really got me all curious after reading the positive reviews from mothers who have tried everything but never work until this.

So I ordered their best seller bath soaks and the oatmeal moisturizer to make it $50 for the free shipping to NZ. The bath soak was a disappointment but I will have a separate review for it. I really wanted to love the moisturizer considering all the natural ingredients in its formula.  And also not to mention that I adore the smell of organic coconut in anything. But after a few uses, Jay seemed to develop a mild rash on areas that have been healed so I figured his skin react to something in that formula. In the end I used this cream on my dry hands so it didn't go wasted.

Will I buy this agin / No

Heart rating: 💚💚

AUTOPICLAR Non Sterioid Cream / $30 for 100ml
Jay was prescribed this life saver cream by his uncle who happened to be a pediatrician while we were on holiday in Malaysia. According to him, this is top of the line treatment to give babies with eczema over there. Well the fact that it is non steroidal has sold it for me.  I was put off with the name at first which sounds like some clinical experiment straight out from the lab. And you would think so if you look at its packaging, cold metal tube with ugly fonts.

However despite its look, this cream actually bases on some powerful moisturizing elements like hyaluronic acid and shea butter, as well as widely-recognised anti-oxidants like vitamin C, E and vitis vinifera (grape seed extract). None of these ingredients are drugs. In fact, there are no drug actives in Atopiclair at all.

I only use this cream to treat problematic areas as this is quite an expensive product. And so far Jay's skin seems to love it. All flare-ups will disappear within couple of hours. Pretty amazing if you ask me.

Will I buy this again / Yes %100 Yes

Heart rating: 💚💚💚💚

HYDROCORTISONE aka Steroid Cream / Free if you're in NZ / 100g Jar
I have a love / hate relationship with this ointment like cream. I love it because it can magically send any angry red patches to extinction as long as applying under instructions.

On the hate part simply because it is steroids and is known for several side effects for long term uses. And we are talking about months here.  The most popular side effects are stretch marks if use in armpits or groin, easy bruising and skin tearing, and enlarged blood vessels just to name a few. But then again Jay's doctor did mention that the dose which is normally prescribed for babies are so low that I don't need to dread about any of these scary effects. So despite what other mothers are saying about how bad steroid is on online forums, I occasionally still use it on infected areas that Autopiclar doesn't work.

Will I get this again / Yes

Heart rating: 💚💚💚

WELEDA Baby White Marlow Face cream / NZD 19.90 for 50ml
I always feel intrigued about Weleda and its no fuss organic products. I have been using their skin food cream for years and still loving it. And I'm glad that they do offer skin care ranges for babies. There are two ranges you can choose from, Calendula and White Marlow. I'm not a fan of Calendula smell. So I opted for the face cream in White Marlow range and also because I read some positive feedback from mothers who use it  on their kid's eczema and see great results, 

Don't expect to see any fancy ingredients in this cream formula other than its name. The blend has coconut, sesame, sweet almond, safflower oils and then of course White Marlow extract which sits far down almost at the end of the list. That usually is an indication that there's only a small amount of it in the cream. White Marlow is a medicinal plant. It has anti-irritant properties help calm and protect hypersensitive skin, relieving itching and promoting healthy skin development. You can read more about its benefits on Weleda's website.

Sadly, after the first use, Jay developed a rash all over his cheeks which I can only narrowed down to coconut oil the 2nd active ingredient in the cream. It might also be the reason he reacted to the Itchy Co. cream that also has coconut oil. If your kid reacts to this ingredient, this might not be the cream. I now use the White Marlow  as a night cream and my dry sensitive skin seems to love it. 

Will I buy this again / No

Heart rating: 💚💚

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the cream mentioning here ? What are your thoughts on them ? Do they work on your baby or not really ?

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