Ask the experts: colloidal oatmeal and baby eczema
From soothing itchiness to giving nourishment that’s mild – finding products to care for baby eczema can be overwhelming, but the right skin care routine can make all the difference. Parents often complement prescribed treatments from their child’s pediatrician or dermatologist with additional products to bring relief to the symptoms of baby eczema. In fact, one of the best natural remedies for eczema can be found in more off-the-shelf products than you may realize.
Introducing colloidal oatmeal: the quick-absorbing, natural and soothing ingredient clinically proven to relieve your baby’s itch and irritation caused by eczema. We asked dermatologists Mona Gohara MD and Kavita Mariwalla MD to answer your parenting questions and take us through the benefits of colloidal oatmeal for skin…
What is colloidal oatmeal?
Colloidal oatmeal is ground oatmeal that has been suspended in liquid. It’s quick-absorbing, locks in moisture and forms a protective barrier on your baby’s skin.
How does ‘oatmeal’ help the symptoms of eczema?
With infants, eczema generally appears on the face, elbows and knees, places they can easily reach to scratch. Colloidal oatmeal helps soften and soothe those inflamed areas, as the starch and beta glucans found in oats can help form a protective, anti-inflammatory barrier.
How does oatmeal bath help the symptoms of eczema?
A short bath can help hydrate and cool their skin, and bath time is an easy time to incorporate products with colloidal oatmeal, such as Baby Dove Derma Care Soothing Wash.
How can I add colloidal oatmeal to our routine?
When it’s bath time, look for a gentle, soothing cleanser with colloidal oatmeal, like Baby Dove Derma Care Soothing Wash. As mild as water, this ultra-gentle cleanser helps retain moisture in your baby’s skin to help prevent dryness. After the bath, pat your baby’s skin dry with a soft cotton towel.
You can also make the most of the benefits of oatmeal for eczema in creams too, like Baby Dove Eczema Care Soothing Cream. Uniquely formulated with colloidal oatmeal, 100% skin-natural nutrients and prebiotic moisture, this formula instantly relieves the itching and irritation caused by eczema. Apply cream while skin is still damp to lock in moisture.
Can I use colloidal oatmeal day-to-day?
Caring for your baby’s eczema needs daily attention – but it doesn’t have to take over bath and changing time. Using a cream enriched with colloidal oatmeal, like Baby Dove Eczema Care Soothing Cream, can help keep their itching at bay. Once you’ve established a simple routine you can get back to the things that matter – like strengthening your parent-baby bond!
Dr. Mona Gohara, MD, FAAD
Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, MD, FAAD
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