We often get asked by our customers what we use as an eczema family so at ScratchSleeves HQ we mulled it over and decided we should put all that information in one place for all our customers and readers…Welcome to ScratchSleeves Recommends – our quick reference page for the products that we actually use ourselves and find effective. Please note that we do not have any marketing agreements with these companies, this is purely our own experience written down for you.
To add to the bath:
Itchy Baby Bath Powder – Oatmeal is known for its moisturising properties, and it is believed to help reduce inflammation.
For more ideas check out our Beneficial Bath Additives post (click for link)
There are more ideas in our Eczema Triggers: Bath Time article (click for link)
For a bit of fun we also love the Tinti range, especially the crackling bath crystals.
There is even more information on bath times in our post on making eczema bath time fun (click for link)
To keep the mosquitoes at bay:
While citronella products are not recommended by the NHS for use against mosquito bite protection, we took a batch of Avon Skin So Soft on holiday last year and it worked a treat.
For more information check out our post Choosing An Insect Repellant For Eczema Children (click for link)
For chapped lips:
Why not try our home made lip salve recipe? The youngest Scratchlet loves making this and more importantly actually uses it!! Learn how to make it in our DIY Eczema Creams post (click for link)
It may surprise you to know we have a special recommendation for this one!! SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), the chemical used to create the foaming action, can dry the skin and is a known eczema trigger. We use a toothpaste recommended by our dentist, is Oranurse which is both SLS free and unflavoured.
For more tips on coping with chapped lips and chins check out Winter Eczema: How to Managed Chapped Lips (and Chins) (click for link)
We get asked a lot about these and their effectiveness. One thing that has really helped with Zoe’s dry skin is coconut oil.
Eczema friendly washing is a huge minefield. We get asked a lot about this so we did our own research (click for link).
Our personal favourite detergent which we use at the moment is Skin Salveation Laundry Powder.
(They also do a brilliant Stain Remover Bar which we talk about in this further article on laundry (click for link)
For bleaching out stubborn stains we use Ecover Laundry Bleach.
Another popular question is which sunscreens are good for kids with eczema. We did our own tried and tested trial which you can read about here. (click for link)
We also discovered Avene while skiing last year which was fantastic. It doesn’t feel claggy on the skin and the pump action means you use the right amount as they tell you how much is needed.
We are also big fans of the Green People Children’s range.
Instant cold packs:
Easy to store and super quick to activate with a quick stamp…for emergency itch relief in the car carrying a couple of these are great. They are also very tactile so fun to play with. Just don’t stamp on them on gravel (take it from us!!)
This one can be tricky as they are so full of eczema triggers so why not follow our recipe and make your own!? (click for link)
The time savers:
Just a few tips from our 9 Things That Helped Me Get Through The Bad Days post…(click for link)
Klorane Oat Dry Shampoo – this is perfect for looking respectable when you’ve not had time to wash your hair!
Mam Easy Start Self Sterilising Anti-Colic Bottle – don’t have time for the steriliser or needing to go away and can’t pack it? These were lifesavers.
We hope that some of this information is helpful to you and we encourage you to explore the huge range of posts we have written on various subjects on the blog section of the website. We designed it to help other parents on their journey and everything is from our own experiences.