Honeybear has what I assume is eczema. The doctor said to us it was nothing to worry about and to just moisturise. So what do we do. We moisturise, many tmes a day. His one cheek just looks extra dry and he has dry spots on the one side of one elbow. So we religiously moisturise and this thing is actually getting worse.
So I am now thinking what else can we do to moisturise this child’s skin. I then remember being told at the antenatal classes that we can bath baby with aqueous cream, and I remember they used to bath him with it in the hospital. This is the same aqueous cream we have religiously been applying to his body. The cream given by the hospital. We also have many pots of the stuff. Johnsons, Elizabeth Annes, Woolies, Bennets….all sorts. So I decide to give him a bath with the stuff to help keep his skin moist.
How do you bath him with the cream? Put it into the water or rub it on like soap? I decide to Google it. (I love google and I am a crazy google person. ) What pops up in my search “aqueous cream + bath”
Numerous articles that say aqueous cream is bad for eczema. Aqueous cream actually thins the skin and dries the skin. Aqueous cream was originally developed as a soap, not a cream and you should not put it onto your skin and leave it there.
‘Aqueous cream contains 1% sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and this is the ingredient, we believe, that causes damage to the skin barrier. The majority of other emollient creams in Europe do not contain SLS and are safe and effective products. It would be advisable to check the label of any emollient cream to verify that it does not contain SLS.’
aqueous cream damages the skin barrier in volunteers who have never had atopic eczema. Aqueous cream is likely to cause even more severe damage in the skin barrier in children and adults with atopic eczema. Aqueous cream should never be used as a leave-on emollient as it is likely to exacerbate, rather than improve, the eczema.’
Go google it and read for yourself. We have been using aqueous cream thinking it was the best thing for Honeybear’s young skin. The only time the eczema was better was when I was using the sunblock as an everyday lotion.
Hindsight is 20/20