If your child is the one in five children that are reported to have eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, then you'll need the best baby eczema creams and bath products to keep their little skin protected and smooth. Characterised by dry and itchy skin, eczema can appear on any part of the body or face, and although it can't be cured, it can be successfully treated.
According to the British Skin Foundation, eczema often starts in childhood and affects one in five children in the UK at some stage. The Foundation says that eczema tends to run in families and children who have eczema are also likely to experience hayfever or asthma.
Finding a great eczema cream can keep your baby's skin hydrated and stop them from feeling itchy. While prescription products are often a necessity, there are also plenty of over-the-counter lotions you can try. Mum Pippa Jones says high-street products work well for her baby, "I’ve found Aveeno and E45 the best creams to use." Bethany Mackman also finds shop-bought creams soothing for her eldest son, "We use Bioskin junior daily moisturising spray every day after his bath and if he has a flare-up we use the bioskin junior rescue remedy."
Below our experts and real mums have listed some of the top-rated eczema creams on the market so that you can find the right product for your child.
As always, be sure to check with your GP if you're unsure before using any of the products mentioned. It's really important to keep your baby's doctor informed about any conditions that may appear.
Preventing and treating baby eczema
There are two types of baby eczema creams: prevention and treatment. To prevent eczema (usually from returning) you can buy a specialised cream from any pharmacy, which will soothe your baby’s skin. However, to treat severe eczema it is recommended you visit your GP to get a formula which contains steroids. The cream will make an eczema flare up shorter and much more bearable. There are different strengths of steroid cream depending on the severity of eczema you’re trying to treat, so it’s important to check it with your baby’s doctor first. In both cases, check out the above selection of both prevention and treatment creams.
How to prevent baby eczema breakout
- Avoid bathing your baby too often - this can strip your baby's skin of protective oils and dry it out further.
- Be careful when towel-drying the skin as this can dry the skin out further. Pat your baby's skin dry rather than rubbing it.
- Use bath oil to keep your baby's skin moisturised.
- Make sure the water is lukewarm rather than hot.
- Use a baby eczema prevention cream to keep the skin moisturised and hydrated.
- Avoid wool or synthetic clothing if these irritate your baby's skin. Cotton is always a good choice as it allows the skin to breathe.
- Keep your baby's nails short so they do less damage if they do scratch at their skin.
The best baby eczema cream, products and cleansing oils for prevention and treatment
Here are our top picks for best baby eczema cream and eczema bath products to help prevent breakouts and soothe baby's skin. If you've found that regular baby body wash has been making your baby's eczema worse, experts recommend that adding a special cleansing oil to the bathtub can help soothe dry and irritated skin and prevent further flare-ups. We've done our research and found the products that come up time and time again in top real-mum reviews.
This soothing lotion is a celebrity favourite. Formulated by midwives, it contains organic white mallow extract to cool and protect the skin with coconut and sesame oils to nurture it. It's fragrance-free to prevent irritation yet still has a mild pleasant scent you'll love. Custom made for hypersensitive or atopic skin, this affordable lotion is a must-buy.
- Smells nice
- 100 per cent certified natural and organic
- Needs to be applied regularly
One reviewer said, "Using this cream for my 5-month-old to treat her eczema. The cream is very light so needed to apply more often, but her skin got so much better, and is nearly clear of eczema now after five days of use! I’m using this one for the flared up areas and a thicker emollient for regular moisturising. Recommend the cream for red itchy ‘angry’ skin patches. Plus, it smells nice too. I used it on a recent flare-up and it disappeared within 30 minutes after using this cream!"
Although it's not specially formulated for eczema prevention, this award-winning moisturiser from Childs Farm has received rave reviews from mums everywhere. All Childs Farm products offer their Happy skin promise from Childs Farm founder and mother of two, Joanna Jensen, so if it doesn't work, you get your money back.
- Suitable from birth
Vegan and cruelty-free
One reviewer said, "This was recommended to me by a friend. My son has very bad eczema on his hands and prescription medicine wasn’t touching it. I got this and within three days his skin was almost clear. Best money I’ve ever spent!"
This is one of the most popular natural eczema creams in the UK. MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm is free from paraffin oil and all other petroleum-based chemicals and preservatives. Designed specifically for skin conditions, it soothes the skin to prevent scratching. It was brought over to the UK from Australia after high demand.
- Good for dry skin
- Smells wonderful
One reviewer said, "Bought for my 3-year-old granddaughter as she had a patch of dry skin on her shoulder. Within one day of using there was a vast improvement and the irritation had gone."
A best seller that many eczema sufferers swear by. It's made with oatmeal which soothes and hydrates the skin. It's also non-greasy and absorbs quickly for instant relief. The lotion is formulated to minimise the risk of allergies and is designed for babies' delicate, sensitive skin. It is free from parabens, dyes and alcohol.
- Fast absorbing
- Not greasy
- Good everyday cream
- The scent isn't for everyone
One reviewer said, "I bought it for my newborn daughter after doing some research and it was highly recommended for the delicate skin prone to eczema and allergic reaction. I loved it from the first use. The scent is very delicate and it’s not too greasy and it gets absorbed nicely. I use it every day on my baby and she had no problem at all. I liked it so much I use it sometimes as a moisturiser for myself!"
Made from light liquid paraffin to replace natural oils lost during washing, it has a 3-in-1 formula to soothe your little ones' dry and irritated skin. It has a natural, mild smell, unlike some other creams.
- Good for eczema flare-ups
- Need to pump a lot to get cream out
One reviewer said, "This cream changed my eight-week-old baby boy from cradle cap covered and eczema all over his face and ears to a healthy happy baby within minutes. As soon as I applied this the redness went and with a regular application within 24 hours he looked brilliant. I recommend this to all my friends!"
A parent favourite for years, this emollient is especially built for eczema treatment. It moisturises the skin after washing with fast soothing and softening. It’s gentle enough to use on your baby from day one.
- Suitable for babies
- Little goes a long way
One reviewer said, "My 4 month old son started to get dry skin and a bit of a rash seemingly after using a different make of washing detergent, the health visitor advised to buy some of this and try it with him. This in combination of returning to the original washing detergent, plus a change in baby bath soap really resolved this issue. Now I use it on him daily as a moisturiser instead of coconut oil and it really makes his skin feel so soft."
This 3-in-1 product can be used as a skin wash as well as an ointment for your baby. It was developed for eczema sufferers by doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s prescribed by the NHS, but it can be bought over the counter too. The emulsifying wax and yellow soft paraffin combination counteract the loss of essential oils after washing and it's safe enough to use on your baby's sensitive skin.
- Good value for money
- Suitable for all ages
- Long-lasting effect
One reviewer said, "The cold weather has made my daughter's dry skin/eczema awful to deal with. Luckily, she only has a scant few patches here and there, but the ones on her face (namely her eyelids and small patches on both cheeks) were bothering her, as they'd be incredibly dry and flakey. Epaderm kept the skin moisturised and helped to relieve the symptoms of dryness. Coupled with some anti-allergy tablets, the dryness has reduced dramatically in severity and the patches are soft and lovely again."
This best-selling cream has been specially designed to help baby's eczema-prone skin. It contains unique ingredients such as Zeolite (a volcanic mineral) and Jojoba. The junior range was developed after high demand from parents due to the success of their Dermaspray and has lived up to it’s high reputation. Suitable for babies over three months and gentle enough to even use on the face, it's great for flare-ups.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals
- Good for eczema, dermatitis and other skin allergies
- Needs to be applied regularly throughout the day
One reviewer said, "We tried several ointments and creams for our toddler's eczema. Nothing seemed to calm it or control it for more than a few minutes to hours. Then we came across this cream and it has now become our go-to. It works brilliantly well. At one point we were able to get rid of the eczema sites off the arms and legs almost permanently for nearly 6-8 months until it reappeared in winter which isn’t uncommon. Using the cream again is sorting that issue."
You know from your skin that some soaps can dry out the skin during cleansing. This soothing product cleanses and hydrates at the same time. Made with oats - a natural ingredient that is known for calming the skin and reducing inflammation, it relieves any itchiness, and the oil will prevent further spreading of eczema caused by scratching.
- Little goes a long way
- Good for dry, itchy skin
One reviewer said, "I looked into the A-Derma range of products after it was recommended to me by a parent at my eldest daughter's school. My now two-and-a-half-year-old toddler has had eczema since she was two months. I have tried every cream, lotion and potion going. Steroid, non-steroid, expensive and cheap - you name it we've tried it. I am so glad I took the plunge and tried yet another product.
"I have been using it for three days now with the Emollient cream and the cleansing oil. The difference in her skin is so dramatic that it's hard to comprehend that it has no chemicals in it. The top layer of eczema has completely dried out and fallen off. The Exomega moisturises, softens the skin without drying it out even more as some of the steroid creams have done in the past. She now has a new layer of skin that is healing and responding to the cream so well. I am one happy parent. My baby is not scratching her skin off, and both me and daddy are less stressed out. Our baby is not uncomfortable. Thank you so much A-Derma."
How to use eczema cream
Follow your doctor's orders or read the instructions as each cream may have set guidelines for maximum results. If you are using a baby eczema prevention cream, you can add it to your baby daily hygiene routine. Their skin can get dried out right after a bath so that is the best time to apply eczema treatment.
If you are using a baby eczema cream treatment, everything depends on the severity. If it’s mild eczema, your baby will need a light eczema cream, with a low-strength steroid for a short period. However, if it’s intense eczema, your baby’s doctor will recommend a stronger baby eczema cream for you to apply for a longer time. Again, you should use any baby eczema cream following your baby's doctor's recommendations.
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