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How to help babies with sensitive skin

The trick seems to be to avoid soaps and moisturise. Here is a picture Suzanne Quinn’s twins, Jemima and Ethan. Little Jemima suffers from eczema (see pictures) and she has found the Elave Baby products very beneficial. 

So what’s the deal it seems that more and more baby’s have sensitive skin, is there something in the water? We spoke with Karen Johnston, an Elave Baby safe skincare adviser and she says yes.


Elave is giving away 3 x Packs, valued at £25.65 of Baby Products. Head over to our Facebook page to enter. See competition details below.

Two generations ago, only 3% of babies born developed eczema – today the figure is 25%.  What is going on – is there something in the water?

Medical experts say yes, there literally is, and baby skin is especially vulnerable to the many harsh chemicals to which we expose our skin.

Baby with eczema

As parents, we all want the very best for our children, but it is often difficult to decipher from all the packaging and labelling and marketing whether what we use is safe for delicate baby skin.

Many products are full of nasty synthetic ingredients, these can cause redness, itchiness and discomfort to delicate skin, resulting in red patches, typically on the face, inside of the arms and backs of the knees.

So we wanted to make a recommendation. Because we know how upsetting it can be. We found a product that actually helps and that is news in and of itself. Plus it’s is safe for sensitive babies, even for premature sensitive babies. We asked Karen from Elave Skincare to tell us what is going on.

Baby with eczema

“When skin is dry and damaged, its barrier function is reduced and a flare-up can happen at any time, anywhere on the body.

Common allergens such as animal hair, pollen, preservatives, sulfates, soaps etc in cosmetic products trigger allergic inflammatory action.  Dry skin is also more vulnerable to a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus.

Currently, there is no cure for eczema.  We don’t have a pill, vaccine, diet or supplementation that works to eradicate it.  However, we do have effective, safe methods which help to control eczema.”

Little Citizens, “So what can you do to protect vulnerable baby skin and prevent a mild attack of eczema becoming much worse?”

Karen Johnston, “A head to toe regime is essential. You can use all the moisturiser in the world, but if you’re shampooing and washing in soap and sulfates, your eczema will continue to wreak havoc.

Never wash with anything that contains soap, which strips the skin of its natural oils.  In normal skin these oils are replaced naturally within 5-6 hours, but in dry skin this may never happen leaving the skin dry and open to triggers.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!  Do it three times daily with a heavy hitting cream with active ingredients like fractionated coconut oil that hydrate the skin barrier and are easy to apply.

Topical steroids have had a bad rap over the years, but dermatologists prescribe them as the primary treatment for eczema which is flared.  They are safe to use, as long as they are prescribed and monitored by medical staff.”

We are proud that Elave Baby products, which are produced in Co Louth, have won Approved By status from TinyLife and we are in our second year of partnership with this very busy charity, which supports premature babies and their families.

Elave babyl donates £1 from every Elave Baby Essentials pack sold to TinyLife to fund research and training programmes. The entire range of Elave Skincare products is available at local pharmacies, or online at elaveskincare.com and Amazon.

Elave Baby’s Ecocert certified natural and organic sensitive skincare range is free from common irritants like soap, sulfates, parabens, alcohol, scents, colours, formaldehyde, lanolin, MIs etc.”

Elave Skincare Prize

Elave Sensitive Skincare have gifted us three of their fabulous Baby Essentials packs to give away to our readers– to be in with a chance of winning one all you have to do is to like and share this post on Facebook with your friends.

****Winners will be announced on 2020 July 1st at midnight.

Made from the finest ingredients, and with the promise of absolute purity, Elave Baby offers gentle, effective protection for sensitive baby skin from birth. The paediatrician and dermatologist approved products are free from sulfates, SLES/SLS, parabens, perfume, formaldehyde, soap, alcohol and more.

The pack, valued at £25.65, contains: Sensitive Baby Bath (400ml), Sensitive Baby Lotion (250ml) and Sensitive Baby Shampoo (400ml) to gently cleanse delicate baby skin from newborn and protect it from dryness and flaking. All products are Ecocert and PETA approved.


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