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Eczema Cream – My Top Picks

Eczema

If your child suffers from eczema you’ve most likely tried in your despair A LOT of creams!!!  I think I’ve tried and spent more money than I care to remember!

I don’t believe in using chemical laden products, over the past few years we’ve tried to transition to using chemical-free products and that includes what we put on our skin.

With so many different creams on the market it can be overwhelming, I’ve compiled my top three that I’ve personally tested on Gracie’s skin and recommend.

My top three eczema creams:

My top tips for caring for eczema and sensitive skin:

  • If possible, wash your child every other day – water can be very drying (I know this is harder for older children)
  • Add 1-2 tea tree oil drops in bath, helps to reduce bacteria that eczema sufferers typically have on their skin (test cautiously first)
  • Bathe for no more than 10 minutes
  • Moisturise within 2/3 minutes of coming out the bath to lock in the moisture on skin
  • Winter months put a dehumidifier on in you child’s room as if you put the heating on etc, it can make the air very dry which can exacerbate things
  • Avoid swimming in chlorine, before swimming apply a thick layer of cream to create a barrier. Shower immediately and apply moisturiser immediately (If you’re in Sydney, Australia check out Little Bay Swimming School)

How do you care for your child’s Eczema and what cream do you use?

 

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Sunscreen Review: Eczema and sensitive skin

Summertime

As we’re currently enjoying summer here in Australia I thought it would be pertinent to talk about sunscreen for sensitive and eczema prone skin.

Gracie’s eczema has virtually cleared, but she still has very sensitive skin and I’m extremely careful what I put on it and that includes sunscreen.

So I thought I would compile my top 3 that I have personally used and recommend.

Eco Logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ $19.95

Eco logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+

We used this sunscreen when Gracie was much younger, they also do a ‘body’ one for older children/adults.

It does have a slightly thick consistency and does leave a slight white reflect.

Ingredients:

Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensia (Jojoba), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado), Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil, Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense)

Wotnot Sunscreen SPF 30+ $28.95

Wot Not

We love all the Wotnot products – especially their baby wipes!  This is a great natural sunscreen however it does have a slightly thick consistency therefore you will need to rub it in quite well.

Ingredients:

Grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, candellila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, gmo-free vitamin e, purified water, certified organic aloe vera*, silica, naticide (all natural preservative). Active: zinc oxide. [*certified organic ingredients]

Eco Tan Natural Coconut Sunscreen SPF30 $29.95 (special at moment buy one get one free)

Eco Tan

As well as making an awesome sunscreen, they also have a fab tanning and body care range.  Again their sunscreen does come out a little thick and leave a white reflect, it also has a strong coconut smell.

Ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Coconut Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil – Grape Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide – Natural Mineral, Silica – Natural Mineral, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – Shea Butter, Hydrophobically Modified Natural Polymer, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera – Plant Wax, Cera Alba – Bees Wax , Parfum- Natural Coconut Fragrance, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil – Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol – Vitamin E, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil – Safflower Oil , Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract – Cucumber Extract , Glycerin- Vegetable Glycerin, Aqua – Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – Camellia Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil – Rosehip Oil, Iron Oxide Pigments
(**All ingredients are accepted by Wholefoods Market Premium)

 

All three of these fantastic products can be purchased via Shop Naturally which stocks over 2000 natural products – amazing!

 

 

Please note as an affiliate of Shop Naturally I will receive a small commission from each sale that is made via my website.  This helps to cover some of the running costs with maintaining my blog and also go towards some of Gracie’s medical expenses.  

 

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What we use and why

Supplements

Since starting our journey to get Gracie’s gut and skin issues better I’m often asked what we use and why, even more since documenting on Instagram and connecting with other families in similar situations as to our own.  So I thought I would give an overview of what we currently use.

Skin:

  • Ancient Mineral Magnesium Bath Flakes – we use this almost every night, around 1/2 a cup of flakes.  This is to assist with her chronic constipation.
  • Weleda Calendula Cream – applied morning and night to moisturise her skin
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil into the bath – helps get rid of the bacteria on the skin that eczema sufferers’ tend to have

Supplements:

  • Probiotics – to support gut health
  • Vitamin C – helps with softening bowel motions
  • Magnesium – for muscle relaxation can aid constipation
  • Vitamin D (in winter months) –  support for the maintenance of healthy skeletal, cardiovascular and immune systems
  • B12 spray – to support the nervous system
  • Zinc drops – Zinc can improve frustration tolerance, boost the immune system and improve appetite
  • Fish Oil – reduces inflammation/assists Eczema sufferers

 

As I mentioned, Gracie’s eczema has basically cleared up since eliminating the foods that had came up on her food intolerance testing and giving her these supplements.  Her gut still isn’t 100% and she is still reliant on a small amount of laxative, but compared to what she started off on it’s nothing.  My aim this year is to get her off the laxative completely and to reduce her supplement intake as much as we can.  I also want to get her food intolerances re-tested and to then be able to slowly re-introduce more foods back into her diet.

 

Please note, this post is not intended as medical advice.  If you have health concerns about your child please seek medical advice.

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Healthy Eating on a budget

This year my husband and I are trying get back on track financially.  Last year we had a few hiccups so 2017 for us is getting back on our feet and trying to work towards setting some kind of budget to work with.  We’re a single income family which has taken some adjustment, especially for myself the past couple of years.

Flowers

Daddy bought his girls some flowers

Looking through all our bills it’s pretty clear that one of our largest spends is on food (as well as supplements – don’t get me started on those costs!).  We tend to shop at various places to get different things and it all adds up, $50 here and $100 there…you end up losing track of what you’ve spent until you get a huge credit card bill at the end of the month.

Flemington Markets

Flemington Markets

As Grace and I have different but similar special dietary requirements at the moment, the main thing that we all eat A LOT of is vegetables and fruit, like ridiculous amounts!

So a couple of nights ago my husband said that he would get up early regardless of how many times Grace woke up throughout the night and leave around 5am on Saturday morning to go and shop at Flemington Markets! Well Grace must have a sixth sense as she woke up three times during the night and only wanted Daddy!!

So my tired husband arrived home a couple of hours later, high on caffeine buzzing about all the amazing produce he had bought for $146!! It took a good couple of hours to sort through and put away in the fridge and pantry, but we didn’t mind.  I’m 100% certain if we had bought all this at the shops it would have cost double the price.

Was it worth it?  Totally!  Yes it took more time and my husband had to get up extremely early but the savings were incredible and justified. Eating healthily and continuing to be able to do so is a priority of our family, so we will definitely be making this a regular occurrence.

Would love to hear if anyone else regularly shops at their local Markets, do you make large savings?  Is the produce better quality?

For more information on Flemington Markets, click here.

Flowers

 

 

 

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Your Child is Dairy-Free, but what about Calcium?

Chia Pudding

At first, when I was told that we needed to completely eliminate dairy from Gracie’s diet (probably for always) I was very concerned.  It’s pretty well known that children need appropriate calcium intake to ensure they grow strong bones and teeth. However if your child has food allergies/intolerances you need to look for alternatives.

Below shows the daily intake requirements for children of different ages:

Babies 0–6 months approx. 210mg (if breastfed)
approx. 350mg (if bottle fed)
Babies 7–12 months 270mg
Children 1–3 years 500mg
Children 4–8 years 700mg
Children 9–11 years 1,000mg
Adolescents 12–18 years (including pregnant and breastfeeding young women) 1,300mg

So what other foods are high in calcium?

  • Dark Leafy greens: 95mg in 1 cup of Kale
  • Oranges: 65mg in 1 fruit
  • Broccoli: 45mg in 1 cup
  • Seaweed: 126mg in 1 cup
  • Sesame seeds: 126mg in 1 cup
  • Almonds: 72mg in 1/4 cup (20 nuts)
  • Fortified soy, nut or oat milk: 300mg in 1 cup
  • Fish (with bones).  402mg in 1/2 cup of canned Salmon

Grace is currently at the age where she is testing boundaries and that typically means she can often refuse to eat the foods I make her. Perseverance is the key, I ‘try and pack a lot of goodness in her food,  whether that means me putting extra green veggies in a meatloaf or a sprinkle of sesame seeds over her food.

Simple ways I boost Gracie’s intake:

  • Fruit Smoothies made from Coconut Vitasoy (enriched with calcium)
  • Chia puddings made with Coconut Vitasoy (enriched with calcium)
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds over her food
  • Kale Chips
  • Salmon Patties

I’ve posted below a simple but tasty recipe for Salmon Patties which are very high in calcium.  If you look through my recipe index you’re find some other great ideas too.

If you make any of my recipes tag: #HGGfood so I can find you!

Salmon Fish Cakes

Salmon Patties

Print Recipe
Serves: 10-12 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 160g tin red salmon
  • 1 large sweet potato grated
  • ½ brown onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs spelt flour
  • 3 tbs olive oil, to fry

Instructions

1

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well

2

Roll into small patties

3

Gently fry in batches and then reduce to a low heat until cooked through.

Notes

Instead of using Spelt flour you can replace to Gluten-Free to meet special dietary requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

How to boost your dairy-free child's calcium intake through food and diet.