Saying Bye Bye to baby ezcema

Ezcema is a funny thing, it comes and goes without warning.  Waiting for it to leave is tiresome, and itchy.  Very very itchy.

I’ve had eczema since I was a baby, and when I was younger it really bothered me particularly in the Summer time. ¬†Although it still annoys me sometimes, I know I can keep it to a minimum if I lay off dairy a little bit and use products that I now know are less likely to aggravate me ( more on that again….).

When we had Edie, it soon became apparent that she inherited my dry skin problems, and so I knew I needed to find a baby range to help keep it at bay for her, and that was harder than it seemed.

Eczema is a common complaint for babies, and most of them grow out of it so I was surprised that while there was a plethora of  brands that pitch themselves in the sensitive skin baby products market, there were few who laid any claims of getting rid of eczema.

I tried Silcocks Base as a moisturiser and Aveeno Baby products for sensitive skin to start with, but to be honest I didn’t love either of them. ¬†And, to be on the safe side and try to avoid breakouts, I knew I had to steer clear of bigger supermarket brands too, which meant no bubbles in the bath! ¬†Most sensitive skin ranges don’t have bubbles, which is fine for adults but when you’re a baby you’ve GOT to have bubbles in the bath, right?

Then on a trip up North to see Adrian’s parents we went to Asda to get some groceries, and in the baby aisle I came across a range of baby products that were designed for ‘ezcema prone skin’. ¬†I was amazed to see the extend of the range – there must have been at least six or seven different washes on the shelf, as well as suncare, shampoo and baby oil from the same brand. ¬†On the off chance that they might work I stocked up getting bubble bath, moisturiser, and a gentler newborn bath gel.

Then something unexpected happened. ¬†We bathed Edie that night using the products, and through the week and hand on heart – her ezcema disappeared within days. Four or five months on, I’m delighted to say that her skin is as good as ever. ¬†Honestly as someone who has had ezcema all my life, I’m amazed at the results.

I’ve since found out that the brand is stocked here in larger Boots and in Lloyds Pharmacy as well as online at http://www.childsfarm.com. ¬†The products are made from naturally derived ingredients, contain lots of lovely organic fruits and essential oils ( and smell gorgeous) and are paraben free. ¬†They’ve just launched a new wipes range ( which I have yet to try). ¬†I’m looking forward to trying them out because I find that using ordinary wipes on Edie’s cheeks can irritate.

I’m using the tangerine bubble bath myself in the shower now, and as well as it being kind to my skin I love the smell. ¬†We love the moisturiser too which smells like grapefruit!

And finally, yes I can confirm, we now have bubbles – lots of them!

 

Water based moisturiser that suits the driest of skin types

I love skincare, there I said it.  In a world where the latest palette is as exciting as a state visit from Justin Trudeau, testing little pots of cream is still what floats my boat.

Skincare, and getting it right can be tough though. ¬†The market is a flood with moisturisers that don’t work for ultra dry skinned folk like me, and then there’s the question of price. If you have lots of cash to spend, you can sort the bad from the good and get a really great moisturiser after some trial and error. ¬†But in my case, post baba with funds tight, it was time to readjust the spending and find myself a hydrating cream that would see me through a non spendy maternity leave and beyond. Add my fussiness to the equation and finding good affordable skincare isn’t an easy game. But gals on this occasion I got lucky.

A few months ago I got some PR samples of Uriage Light Water Cream. To be honest I had seen the brand in chemists but didn’t know a lot about it, I was very pleasantly surprised.

I tired it one morning while one handedly dressing Edie, and I loved it. It’s a cream but feels very like a gel and it absorbs instantly, ¬†and leaves you with a calming cooling effect. Feeling like it was too good to be true, I slathering on some foundation right after applying, just to you know make sure it was as good as it seemed. ¬†I wasn’t disappointed. My foundation didn’t slide off my face and my skin didn’t feel tight, just hydrated – almost like I had just washed it in some kind of quick drying yogurt that second.

There is of course lots of science behind why this product works so well, and the press release boasts that its water comes from the French Alps and that it gradually releases the moisturising agents contained in the water cream. ¬†I don’t know much about either of those but I do know that it genuinely works. It’s a good price point too at 21.50e its affordable, and is available in chemists nationwide.

This product is a triumph in terms of affordable skincare that, pick it up and see for yourself.

 

*This post was not sponsored.

Mamas to the teething rescue!

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Today, nutritionally has been excellent. An eighth of a banana, two mouthfuls of pear and blackberry puree and about five peas. ¬†Hardly a surprise then that Edie can’t sleep!

She does this thing when she doesn’t want whats on the spoon. Looks to her left, looks to her right. Repeat, and bites her top lip. ¬†In short, there ain’t no way I’m getting anything in.

It’s the teeth, I tell my husband. ¬†And truth is that when she won’t eat a morsel teething is most likely the problem.

It’s a funny thing, teething. ¬†According to everyone I know, it affects each baby in different ways. Some get it hard, some solider on and don’t even flinch as a new molar breaks through.

Poor Edie, I’m afraid has been having it rather tough. Our little lady usually loves her brekkie, dinners and tea and in most cases I’m counting the peas she has left on her plate rather than the ones she has eaten. Not the case at the moment though.

So teeth wise, current situ is that we are two in, eighteen to go. It’s hard to watch her in so much pain, and when she’s chomping on her little hands instead of her teethers, it makes me feel so helpless.

While I haven’t found any of the over the counter remedies that spectacular there are a few things that I’ve stumbled upon that really seem to give her some relief from the nashers for a while.

Cold oranges¬†–¬†Peel and cut up an orange and put it in a freezer bag in the fridge for up to 3 hours. When you take it out cut it up and give it to her in her hand to suck. sweet and cold is a winning combination for momentary relief it seems.

Teething rings in the freezer РYou need to be careful with this tip to avoid any Dumb and Dumber ice accidents happening with their little lips. If you are going to freeze them it needs to be for a short time (say 15 minutes), always make sure they are in a freezer bag and when you take them out hold them while your baby bites. An old tip but one that makes Edie kick her legs in excitement when she sees me take them out of the freezer so it must work!

The Power of distraction – This single tip has had the most impact for me while Edie has been teething. ¬†Learning to distract them from the pain is a real winner. When Edie isn’t teething her sleeping routine is like very straightforward. Feed me, play with me, put me to sleep is the way it usually works in this house, except for when teething strikes.

Simple as it seems one of the best distractions is bringing her for a walk at the time that she is due a nap. This mightn’t work for everyone but it’s been a winner for us.

My neighbour got me onto this as her little man isn’t a sleepers the fresh air really helps him to relax and conk out. If you can’t get out for a walk try more stories and playing.

If you have a little person who is currently being challenged tooth wise, try these tips and see if they work for you. ¬†If you have any other tips that have been working for you please share the love! Afterall, she’s going to get sick of oranges soon..

 

Marks and Spencer up their interiors game

Marks and Spencer has always been a go to spot for me for a treat Friday night dinner or for bibs that don’t look wrecked after one wash! But up to now I’ve never really thought much of their home line. In previous seasons, I’ve found it bland and sometimes over priced. Cushions over 40 euro anyone?

This week I had a bit of time to myself and took a walk around the home section of the store in Dundrum Town Centre, and I was pleasantly surprised. The colours were great, and most of the soft furnishings I saw looked like they would be at home in Arnotts or House of Fraser.

I found lots of Turkish inspired pots and saucers, some lovely pieces to add some style to a bathroom. A nice copper saucepan range caught my eye too, the detail on the pots was great – they actually look vintage and not too heavy to hold either, which is a nice plus.

( yes Le Creuset I’m looking at you).

And as for the cushions? ¬†Well they’ve come down in price it seems. I spotted a lovely yellow velvet one for 27e and some other faux fur ones for 20e, so way more affordable than before. The velvet yellow and blush tones were really spot on for this season, and would look lovely on the new sofa I am going to buy ( in my head). The quality too, was really good. ¬†They were soft and the velvet on them felt like they were thick curtains.

But my picks from this season at M&S has to be from the Lighting range. The Loft is a gorgeous, art decoesque leaning tripod floor lamp. Its copper hues, would go with those new saucepans, but no really, its very minimalist and is a really good investment piece at 129e. For some thing more traditional try the Alexa floor lamp, a vintage gold free standing floor lamp which looks like its straight out of the Great Gatsby.

Overall pleasantly surprised then. If a little broke, but i’ll be back for a gander again.