Coping with my Child's Eczema - Products for Bath Time

I shared about the various creams and lotions we have used, in bid to keep Bubbles' skin as moisturized as possible.

Besides a regular moisturizing routine, many eczema sufferers like Bubbles, need to find suitable products for cleansing of the skin. Clean skin is important, as bacteria in the eczema sores can cause incredible itch.

In general, the cleansing products used must be gentle, and not strip the skin of its already low levels of natural oils. It ideally should also be fragrance-free, as a preventive measure against additional irritation.

We currently use Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser, and it has worked quite well for Bubbles. It is very gentle and leaves the skin feeling smooth. We leave a bottle of it in her school as well, so that she can use this in place of the regular hand soap provided by the school.

I also personally like MooGoo Milk Wash. I felt it helped moisturize Bubbles' skin. Unfortunately, she did not quite like the milky smell of this, and so we discontinued using it.

I would also like to share about these two other products that have helped Bubbles quite a lot:

1. Potassium Permanganate - This is a common substance that you can find in any pharmacy. It comes in the form of liquids or crystals, and it is essentially a mild disinfectant. We add this into her bath water (turns it purple - super fun!) and it helps to relieve some of the eczema itch.

2. Dentinox Cradle Cap Treatment Shampoo - A little of this goes a long way. We discovered this shampoo during a phase when she had a really bad flare-up on her scalp. There was terrible itch and a lot of daily flaking of skin. This really helped reduce the skin flaking, and lessened the scalp itch.

What skin cleansing products have you used?

One recommendation that we have not tried are bath oils. I will write about it if we do use them!

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mummybean said...

Potassium permanganate! That DOES sound fun! I think I'll get some for the kids' bath for fun too. They'd love purple water.

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Dee said...

Hi there! I have a history of eczema that started to flare up when I was around Bubbles' age (eons ago) and still deal with sensitive skin. I'm allergic to dust mites and pet dander and contact with these can cause nasty rashes. I also suffer from bad blister outbreaks whenever exposed to sun for long periods of time, even with use of sunscreen. I use QV brand lotion to soothe and repair these itches. It was reccommended by my GP and it works well. If my rashes flare up, I bathe myself using Pinetarsol gel which also works pretty well. The downside is that I dislike the smell of pine!

Ai Sakura said...

haha don't forget that the potassium permanganate stains the skin a little if you soak too long! ;p we use that too especially if the wound is weeping as it helps to dry it up.

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Anonymous said...

Omg. Pls stop the steroid. She might b addicted to steroids. My baby is also suffering from it. Search topical steroid withdrawal.

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Haha, yes but don't use too much as it can stain1

Thanks for sharing! Oh my, I forgot that we also tried Pinetarsol1 I should include that in the list. You are the right, the smell is strong though!

Ai Sakura:
Does Pumpkin also have eczema? Yes, we've unfortunately had lots of incidents of staining! Esp when there are already scabs present :(

Adeline said...

Potassium permanganate sounds interesting! How long is considered long, when you talk about staining after soaking in it for a long time? Noah has really patchy skin and I think he will probably get plenty of stains too. :(

irene said...

Pls read Stop steroids. YouTube also have video from itsan about the dangers of steroid.

irene said...

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Oh, it is not just the length of time of soaking but also the concentration of the liquid. If you add less, there shouldn't be staining! But be careful if you are using crystals (like I did). I got my hands all stained and the bath mat too! The stains oxidize and turn brown after a while too. Very ugly. haha. But you if buy it in liquid form, it is easier to handle! Hope it helps soothe Noah!

That is an interesting site! I will delve more into it. Thanks for sharing! I myself am skeptical about steroid creams as from experience they help heal the rash but does not stop them from coming back. I am on a quest to find root causes of her eczema problem!

Skin protection said...

Baby eczema is almost as stressful for the parents to endure

Unknown said...

It's not if you soak to long with potassium permanganate...its when you use too much. The water should look like methylated spirits, any darker than will stain everything. Only a small amount is needed.
You will have trouble getting PP from pharmacy as mixed with glycerol, it will burn at 1000 degrees be careful where you store it

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