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Health

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?

 

Lifestyle

Julia Simmonds – Itchy Baby Co Interview

 

Julia Simmonds is a mother to the gorgeous Christian and Sofia, a registered pharmacist and founder of Itchy Baby Co.  Itchy Baby Co produce natural products for parents of children who suffer from eczema and sensitive skin.

I recently interviewed Julia to find out more about herself and her fantastic products.

Fun question to start with!  What did you have for breakfast this morning?

This morning, like every morning, I felt my way to my coffee machine and drew a very long black. Made the kids breakfast and then blended a spinach, banana, ginger, cinnamon and oat smoothie. I really like this for breakfast because I can sip it on the go.

Why did you create Itchy Baby Co?

Itchy baby co. was born from a really dark place. I was struggling to manage my little boy Christian’s eczema and desperate to try anything which would give him some relief physically and me some relief emotionally. Finally I stumbled across the wonder of colloidal oatmeal and it grew from there.

What was the turning point in your son’s recovery?

I would love to say it was only using natural itchy baby co. products and the sticking to our bathtime and moisturising routine every day, and no doubt this has been a huge part of it. Other changes I have made is trying to keep what we eat and any products used in our home as natural, organic, unprocessed and chemical free as possible.

What’s your opinion on the link between food allergies/intolerances and eczema?

With eczema we are always looking for something which can bring our little ones relief, and eliminating certain foods from your child’s diet is really tempting. In some children with severe eczema taking away certain foods from their diet can help manage their eczema. It’s important to remember that foods can be a trigger for eczema but eating a particular food does not cause eczema. So, taking away a food from your child’s diet might improve their skin, but will not cure their eczema.

What’s your advice to parents whose children have eczema?

Stay strong. You are doing the best you can. Not everything you do will get results and often it’s a combination of different things you try which can help your child.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

Moisturising, moisturising, bath time and then more moisturising. In between that I spend time connecting with parents who are living with the challenge of managing their child’s eczema by email, facebook, insta and writing my blog. On really special days I’m testing new itchy baby co. products on my Christian and Sofia and many of their friends.

How do you try and keep a healthy, balanced life?

Mentally I always try to look ahead and keep focused on my mission to help young families struggling with eczema. Physically I keep an exercise mat in my home office and try to make regular contact with it. Emotionally I cuddle my children as often as they’ll let me.

 

(please note I receive no commission from any sales of this product, I just highly rate it!)

 

Itchy Baby Co Interview. Julia Simmonds is a mother (and registered pharmacist) to a child who had severe eczema so she created a product to help ease his condition.

Health

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.  

 

Lifestyle

Petit Kiddo Interview

Petit Kiddo

As a parent whose child suffers from eczema and sensitive skin, I’m always looking for products that fit the bill.  Although Gracie’s eczema has virtually cleared she is prone to terrible nappy rashes so I was very excited last year to stumble across Petit Kiddo.

Petit Kiddo is a natural alternative to baby wipes which has been created by two French born, Bondi friends, Canelle and Morgan who have six kids in total between them.

I thought it was only apt that I interviewed the two ladies to find out more about them and their fab product.

Fun question to start with! What book are you reading at the moment?

Canelle: I’ve just opened “Les Chaussures Italiennes” by Henning Mankell a thriller. But the more I read it, the more I realise that I’ve read this book already, probably 2 or 3 years ago. This is the first time I done this, I can’t remember any of it except that I’ve read it though! I like to read in French my mother tongue but used to read in English when I was living in France.

Morgan:  I am currently reading a trilogy written by Italian author Elena Ferrante. A book depicting wonderfully the life of 2 girls in the Napoli of the 1950’s till today.  I always read in French because for me, reading is a time for evasion and should not require any effort!

With six children between you, how do you try and achieve a balanced life?

Canelle: So we have 3 children each, I “only” take care of mine and their many friends and activities. We have absolutely no family around but we have lots of friends here for support but they all have kids and busy lives. We miss the mix of generations that we could have had if we were living where our families live, you know, the elderly, the youngest etc….We do it all.

Launching a business doesn’t make it easy. Let’s be honest, it’s a juggling act, pretty much unbalanced for me…it is getting better, my youngest is 4 and every week is getting a tiny bit more easier.

Morgan:  My first is 10 and youngest 6 so it got easier compared to when I was still in nappy days. It is all about being flexible in the working hours, evenings and days. I am also relying a lot on my husband. And the kids helps when need be to!

How did Petit Kiddo come about?

Canelle: I had this idea of doing a local version of this very specific French Baby Bum Cleanser Liniment when my first bub was born, 10 years ago. Then, 2 others babies were added to the fam bam, we moved around a bit, changed jobs etc….so it was on the back burner.

Canelle and Morgan

Canelle & Morgan at Bondi Markets

Then my youngest was growing older, I was still thinking about this idea and I didn’t enjoy the job I had. I talked about it with Morgan when we met for a holiday in southern France 3 years ago. Back then, she was living in Italy with her family.

I started it on my own, super interesting, overwhelming and challenging. After 6 months I realised I would do better with a partner. I wanted someone I knew well and someone who knew the product as well as I did. Morgan joined in, we worked on Skype for months and then she relocated to Sydney!

MorganWhen Canelle proposed to join in, I was excited to jump on board with an idea and a project I always believed in. I was also interested in the challenge of developing a business, and even more to develop a product that I believed will make the difference to carers and parents in Australia.

What is the difference between Petit Kiddo and using baby wipes?  

Canelle: Well, wipes will clean your baby’s bum. That’s it, then comes, the nappy cream, and sometimes even powder. Depending on the brand you are using, wipes can really irritate your baby’s skin because of their ingredients; some will also irritate it because they leave the skin too wet.

Our Baby Bum Cleanser Liniment will cleanse your baby’s bum very thoroughly, but will also moisturise it and protect it from the next wee/poo that will happen very shortly after. It is based on an ancient French recipe and specially formulated to balance the pH of the skin. It is a 3 in 1 product. The more you use it the better the skin is.

Morgan:  Firstly it is an all natural product that is really healthy for your baby skin. Most wipes irritate the skin and require in addition a moisturiser or baby barrier.

The beauty of Petit Kiddo baby bum cleanser is that it relies within the fact that you only need one product and a support ( cotton or washcloths). It does it all.  

Finally it is a product in line with today’s awareness towards the place we live in and need to respect: the earth and our environment. Using petit kiddo is helping reduce pollution unlike wipes.

What’s your favourite go to family meal?

Canelle: We have 2 at the moment: Tacos, I prepared a big batch of meat/veggies kind of chili pot and then freeze some for the following week. My kids love it as they can do it “themselves”. They add avocado, chopped fresh tomatoes, grated cheese, I love it as I can hide heaps of veggies in the dish. Dumplings: When we are brave and have time we make some – I found a great recipe on the Red Tent’s website – but we mainly get the frozen pack from Harris Farm 😉  My 10 year is starting to enjoy cooking, so she searches through cookbooks.

Morgan:  Having lived the past 4 years in Rome, pasta is definitely our favourite dish. Arguments go around the amatriciana or the carbonara …Otherwise homemade crepes and risotto of chicken and zucchinis.

If you’d like to find out more information about Petit Kiddo head to their website