When she was much younger, Caitlin suffered from mild eczema on her torso and arms.
As she has got older, these patches now tend to occasionally to appear behind her knees, in her elbow joints and on the back of her hands.
I have to make sure we avoid face painting where possible and, at the very least make sure that we wash it off thoroughly in an hour or so.
Our GP instilled in us, very early on, how important a role moisturisers play.
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I was interested to read recently that a new study has identified how a simple test at birth could identify newborns at risk of eczema.
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According to this recent study, led by consultant paediatricians of University of College Cork and Trinity College Dublin, a simple, non-evasive test measuring water evaporation from the skin of new born babies could help identify those most at risk of developing eczema.
The Baseline Allergy study group measured water evaporation in the skin of nearly 2,000 babies in Cork University Hospital and monitored them until 12 months of age.
Infants who had a high value for transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and a combination of a filaggrin mutation (the gene most commonly associated with eczema) and allergic parents were seven times more likely to have eczema at 12 months, despite having no visible skin barrier defect or eczema at the time of measurement before they left the maternity hospital.
Further studies are required, but the report indicated that early identification of those at risk opens up the possibility of preventing eczema through the application of effective moisturisers, such as Barefoot SOS Face & Body Rescue Cream, during the first year of life.
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It is thought that the prevention of eczema may also prevent the development of asthma and food allergy, which are strongly associated with eczema because the allergens get through the broken skin and cause the development of allergies.
According to The National Eczema Society, food is thought to be an eczema trigger in around 30% of young children (babies and under-fives).
Foods that cause most reactions in young children are eggs, cow’s milk, fish, peanuts, soya and wheat.
It can be very hard to pin down the culprit, but once established by either a GP test or by guided food elimination the results can be very rewarding.
Parents are advised to keep the baby’s diet well rounded during the process by working alongside a Nutritional Therapist.
Combining suitable moisturisers, such as Barefoot SOS Face & Body Rescue Cream, with the right foods and diet can make a noticeable difference in the management of eczema.
Barefoot SOS Dry & Sensitive Face & Body Rescue Cream is a multi-award winning cream which helps sufferers of all ages with extremely dry, sensitive, irritated or uncomfortable skin and those prone to eczema and psoriasis.
It is dermatologically tested and contains a natural, nurturing complex of active botanical ingredients including Stellaria (Chickweed), Purslane Bioferment and Burdock Extract, blended with other natural moisturisers and nourishing oils, such as Macadamia, Evening Primrose and Jojoba, to deliver comfort, hydration and protection to dry and problem skin.
It is suitable for even the most sensitive skin, including babies.
There are two ranges available: Dry + Sensitive, a premium skin treatment designed to help people with dry, irritated or uncomfortable skin, or those prone to eczema and psoriasis, and Repair + Renew, a superior skincare range based around rosa mosqueta from Chile to treat mature or dry skin. Barefoot SOS is free from paraffin, parabens, SLS, artificial colours and at least 98% naturally derived.
I tried the Barefoot SOS Dry + Sensitive Face & Body Rescue cream and found it reassuringly thick yet absorbent, with a pleasant smell.
I find that household cleaners often irritate the skin on my hands and the cream was very soothing.
Caitlin suffers from the same sensitive skin on her hands and Barefoot certainly reduced the redness of her mild eczema very quickly.
There are a range of Barefoot products including a barrier cream, a dry scalp treatment shampoo and conditioner.
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Further information: Barefoot SOS products can be found at www.barefoot-sos.com, and on Twitter at @barefootsos.
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