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Aquaphor Eczema: What Makes It Ideal For Your Baby’s Skincare Needs

Have you heard about the Aquaphor eczema ointment? Read on and find out what makes this product popular among eczema patients, and how it changed the way they see the skin condition.

 

Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with eczema? What medications have you or your loved one has tried so far?

 

Have you heard or are familiar with the Aquaphor eczema ointment or popularly known as the Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment? Well, I did. In fact, I have heard so many good reviews about the product.

 

Recently, I met with a friend (who chose to remain anonymous) whose child was diagnosed with mild eczema. As usual, we talked about her kid’s condition, who by the way is my godchild. Unlike before, my friend was very positive and happy about sharing how her kid’s skin condition has improved. Out of curiosity, I asked her what changes she did and how they were able to manage the condition? Her answer? Her child started using the Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies.

 

My child also has mild eczema, and to tell you honestly, as a parent, dealing with this type of skin condition is no easy feat especially when there are flare-ups. It can really be exhausting not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

 

Well, any parent will probably get it when I say, nothing is more painful than seeing your child uncomfortable and fussy because of a condition you hoped could just be transferred to you – if and only if it’s possible.

 

Although I trust the ability of my baby’s doctor, I know for a fact that even if they recommend the best product they could think of, at the end of the day, how it actually works will still depend if your baby’s skin will react to it positively.

 

So far, we are still in the process of trying this and that and seeing which one works really well. Thus, when my friend told me about the Aquaphor eczema healing ointment for babies, I immediately called my baby’s doctor and discussed the possibility of trying the product out especially since the one we are applying to our baby’s skin seems not working well.

 

That said, just a week ago, we started the Aquaphor eczema healing ointment for babies. I know it’s early to tell, but I guess I am pretty convinced with how amazing this product works. I think my baby has found a new best friend.

 

Anyway, that said, I thought of sharing with you today more about this product and also, I will be sharing a few tips on dealing with eczema as a parent. Let’s start with the latter first.

 

Dealing with Eczema: Parents Edition

 

What is Eczema?

Eczema or dermatitis is a skin condition that causes itchy, sometimes scaly, red rashes (sometimes accompanied by blisters and all that). It comes in different kinds and forms, however, atopic dermatitis, one type of eczema is the most common kind among babies and children.

 

What Causes Eczema?

 

What causes eczema per se remains unknown. But, medical experts have linked it to many possible triggers that cause eczema flare-ups. Some of these triggers include:

 

– Weather and Hot Temperature. Probably one of the most common causes of eczema flare-ups is the weather. Of course, we cannot control how hot the day can be or how humid. But, we can do something about it by avoiding the trigger. Meaning, we keep our babies inside the house, in a cool room or as much as possible, avoid too much sun exposure. Also, another factor that causes hot temperature is giving your baby hot baths. Please! For babies or anyone with eczema, a hot bath is a total no-no. If you do not want flare-ups, you better stay away from anything hot.

 

– Clothing. People with eczema, whether a baby or an adult needs to wear the right type of clothing, with the right kind of fabric. Ideally, eczema patients wear loose clothing. Avoid using clothing that tends to rub the skin as it may cause or worsen the flare-up. As with the fabric, the most ideal is cotton because it’s breathable. Fabrics like wool and polyester are considered irritants.

 

– Allergens. According to research people with allergies are prone to develop eczema. There are a lot of different types of allergens. There are environmental allergens like the very common pollens, dust mites, animal furs or pets, mold, and food allergens too like nuts, dairy products, and soy products to name a few! Other allergens may be chemical-related.

 

– Irritants. Obviously, people with eczema have very sensitive skin. Thus, you better make sure you use the right products to keep the skin away from possible flare-ups. Generally, babies need extra skincare. We avoid using harsh or harmful products on them, but when your baby is diagnosed with eczema, you better be extra, extra careful. Irritants come in different forms, but some common examples are soaps or body wash, shampoos, laundry detergents, house cleaners, disinfectants, as well as juices from fresh fruits, meats or vegetables.

 

– Microbes. It basically includes bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, viruses, and certain fungi.

 

– Genes. Probably the main cause of anyone having eczema is because it runs in the blood, as they say. People who are born to a family medical history of eczema are more prone to developing eczema on themselves as well. In my friend’s case, it was her who used to have eczema when she was a child (but she has outgrown it), thus, it wasn’t surprising why her baby developed it as well. With my child though, honestly, we couldn’t think of anyone in the family who has it, so we assume it’s more related to the environment we live in.

 

What are the symptoms of eczema?

 

So, we already have an idea of what the possible causes of eczema are. But how do you know if it’s eczema? When should you bring your baby to a specialist (particularly pertaining to a pediatrician dermatologist)?

 

Well, first and foremost, you have to check for the following eczema symptoms:

 

For babies who are 2 years old and below, the symptoms include:

 

– Red rashes usually appear on the baby’s cheeks and scalp.

– Red rashes typically bubble up before secreting fluid.

– Red rashes that cause extreme itch, which usually affects your baby’s sleep. (Rubbing and scratching continuously may lead to skin infections.)

 

For babies aged 2 years old and above (until puberty ages), the symptoms are:

 

– Rashes in red that appears behind the creases of knees or elbows.

– Rashes also commonly appear on the neck, wrist, creases between legs and buttocks, as well as the ankles.

– Rashes that may become bumpy.

– Rashes that are either lighter or darker in color.

– Rashes that have the tendency to thicken through a process called lichenification. These rashes may develop into knots and cause permanent itch.

 

As you can see, the symptoms are actually almost the same – itchy, red, rashes – the only thing that differs is where you can find it in the body. Yes, the same symptoms appear on adults too.

 

Dealing with eczema as a parent, as I mentioned earlier is not easy. You are the person responsible for your child’s health and well-being. You are the one who has to ensure your baby follow your doctor’s instructions and follow a certain daily skincare regimen. Most of all, you are the one responsible to ensure your baby follows the right eczema medication. And speaking of medication, let’s proceed to discuss the available ways to treat eczema symptoms.

 

Yes, I said treat eczema symptoms because unfortunately, as of this writing, eczema has no cure yet. In fact, medical experts say, this skin condition is not curable. However, if someone has it early on in his life – like having it while your child is still a baby – most likely, there is a huge possibility that your baby will outgrow this skin condition. Meaning, as he or she grows older, he or she may no longer experience eczema flare-ups.

 

In the case of adults though, there is a big tendency that is someone is diagnosed mid to later in life he or she will have to deal with eczema for the rest of his or her life. Personally, I feel like this skin condition has its own life – it decides whether it will remain in the person or leave the person.

 

How to treat eczema?

 

Anyway, moving on with the treatments, I will divide it into two – one is home care, and the second one is based on medication. Just a disclaimer though, what I am sharing with you are the ones shared with me by my baby’s doctor and also some personal research that I thought is very helpful with my child. Before trying out anything though, please do consult your doctor’s baby first. Remember, we are dealing with a tiny human here who relies on us fully, thus, please make sure you do everything right – always.

 

Home Care

 

Babies are delicate human beings, in the same way, that their skin is very delicate too. It needs extra care – and of course, love.

 

A few of the home care that I personally follow on my baby is:

 

– Lukewarm baths. Remember, the hot temperature is not allowed. So keep the water at the right temperature – not too hot, not too cold, just in the middle.

 

– Proper Clothes. I invested in organic cotton clothing. It may be a little pricey, but I honestly do not care as long as my baby is out of flare-ups.

 

– Mild soap/baby wash. Generally, baby wash or soap is mild, but some are scented and may have harsh chemicals. Thus, I ensure I am only using the right product for my baby’s skin needs.

 

– Air drying, never rubbing. After the baby’s bat, make sure to air dry or gently pat dry your baby using a cotton-based towel. Avoid rubbing the skin or it might lead or worsen flare-up.

 

– Avoiding triggers. Of course, the best way to get away with eczema symptoms is by keeping your baby away from possible triggers.

 

– Air humidifier. This is probably one of the best investments we had for our baby. You need to keep the air moist to keep flare-ups away, thus the air humidifier. I highly recommend investing in a really good one.

 

– Moisturize. I intentionally put it on the last on my list as this is what I am going to highlight today. Moisturizer is every eczema patient’s best friend. When applying the moisturizer, make sure to put it on immediately after baby’s bath – ideally within 3 minutes after bath to help lock in the moisture. We’ve tried several moisturizers before but as I said earlier our latest discovery – the Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies is becoming a favorite.

 

Medications

 

I honestly would rather not tackle this one because I think this has to be tackled by experts. But to give you an idea, since we are talking about babies, and generally, babies’ skin is really dry, most likely, your doctor will only prescribe topical creams or ointments like the Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies (yes, you can use it for daily moisture or for treating flare-ups).

 

What is Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies?

 

The Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies that I am talking about is actually what they call as the Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment.

 

This product is a well-known over-the-counter (OTC) brand for skincare ointments. It is manufactured by Beiersdorf Inc., an affiliate of Beiersdorf AG. Although it carries a variety of products, they are particularly known among parents as one of the go-to OTC when it comes to eczema treatment.

 

The Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies or Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment was uniquely formulated to ensure it gives extra gentle care for our babies’ delicate skin needs. Apart from addressing eczema and skin moisture, the Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is also ideal for use on diaper rash, minor scratches and /or scrapes, chapped cheeks, dry skin, etc.

 

The Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies or Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment boasts the following (data was from the Aquaphor website):

 

  • Recommended by a lot of pediatricians.
  • It is clinically proven to restore smooth, healthy skin.
  • Exclusively formulated with 41% Petrolatu, which ensures the flow of oxygen and aid in healing the skin.
  • It is considered as skin protectant ointment that includes Panthenol and Glycerin to help keep the skin moisturized, nourished and protected to help enhance healing.
  • Apart from being an ideal product to help address the baby’s dry, chapped skin, it can also be used for teething and drool rash.
  • It is able to provide diaper rash relief in just 6 hours.
  • It is capable in protecting the skin from drying effects of wind, as well as the cold weather.
  • It is absolutely free from any preservative and fragrance.
  • It is not only ideal for baby’s use but the whole family too!

 

I actually like the fact that is not only ideal for baby’s skin needs but for the whole family too! You know, mommies love that! As much as possible, if there’s a chance to save, we go for it.

 

Furthermore, for your information, the Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies or Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment is composed of the following ingredients:

 

  • Active Ingredient: Petrolatum (41%) – Skin protectant
  • Inactive Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol

 

Wrap Up

 

When I was first told about my baby having eczema, my initial reaction was panic. Since no one in the family had it before, I honestly had zero ideas about this skin condition. I was scared because I thought my baby is too little to have to deal with a disease.

 

Good thing, we found a really good doctor who took the time to explain to us everything we need to know about this skin condition. The doctor assisted us every step of the way until we felt comfortable about handling our baby’s skin condition.

 

I think it’s pretty normal for any parent to worry when their child is diagnosed with any diseases – whether it’s on the skin or elsewhere. But one thing  I learned about our baby’s eczema experience is that as parents, we should let panic or worries take over us, rather, we focus on what we can do to help ease out our child’s condition.

 

That I must say is what we did. We looked for the best doctor we can find, followed whatever instructions are given to us, and of course, be diligent in following them – one of those is making sure our baby has his daily application of Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies or the Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, which by the way, I have my friend to really thank for as it was she who introduced the product to me, and my baby’s doctor for giving me the confidence to use it by saying it’s actually among the list of products that are highly recommended by many of them on that field.

 

Just in case you are wondering my baby’s doctor did not prescribe it before? Well, as I said earlier, we are still in the process of finding the right product that suits our babies’ needs. That’s pretty normal when it comes to treating medical conditions anyway. Also remember that, our babies are unique from one another and that what works for one’s skin may not work on the other. Thus, just keep trying until you hit the right medication for you. In our case, it’s the Aquaphor eczema ointment for babies or the Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment.