Good Infant Skincare can help prevent the most common dermatoses in Babies!
- The three most common dermatoses affecting infants are, irritant diaper dermatitis (IDD), atopic dermatitis (AD) and infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis (ISD)
- One in every two children will suffer from at least one of these dermatoses
- While all three diseases are apparently different they have a common basis which is damage to the skin barrier
Factors Responsible for Baby Dermatoses
Good routine Baby Skincare is a set of practices which aims to give the best care to the fragile skin of infants. It comprises of three steps...
- Good bathing practice - Many baby cleansing products are harsh for baby’s skin as they contain detergents that remove the skin lipids (source)
- Good nappy practice: Use good quality disposable nappies. Compared with washable cloth nappies, these have been shown to be associated with a reduced incidence and decreased severity of IND (sources)
- Nappies should be changed immediately when soiled to reduce the amount of time the skin is in contact with the urine/faeces. Also, depending on the age of the child, nappies should be changed frequently.
- Routine use of emollient – Bepanthen® Ointment can help with this!!
In general, Ointment (water in oil formulations with a lipid content ≥ 50%) provide a superior moisture barrier than lighter oil in water products. (sources)
Therefore ointments are generally more effective than creams and lotions (source)
Meets the 7 gold Standards for barrier preparation as judged by an expert international panel of paediatric dermatologists
|Suggested Criteria for an ideal barrier preparation||Bepanthen® Ointment||Petrolatum||A leading brand**|
1.No Potentially toxic ingredients
(Including those with undocumented safety)
|2.||2.Maintains optimum moisture levels|
|3.||3.No unnecessary ingredients|
|4.||4.No perfume (or other potential sensitisers)|
|7.||7.Proven efficacy & safety in babies*|
Advantages and Disadvantages of Nappy Rash Product Ingredients
|Matricaria Chamomilla (chamomile)||
|Essential oils (ethereal oils)||
|Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)||
Bepanthen® not only adheres to the 7 Gold Standards but it also comes in the most suitable format
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