Health Professionals

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)


  • Protect against skin disruption
  • Are important for maintaining skin moisture but not all emollients support the skin barrier (source)
  • Studies have that application of a barrier supportive emollient aid in protecting and repairing the skin barrier (sources)

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. 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)      
5. 5.No preservatives      
6. 6.No antiseptic      
7. 7.Proven efficacy & safety in babies*      
*Sub-population of twins. **Containing zinc oxide, antiseptic, perfume and preservatice.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Nappy Rash Product Ingredients

Ingredient Advantage Disadvantage
Zinc oxide
  • Demulcent
  • Antibacterial
  • Hygroscopic (binding the moisture)
  • Astringent
  • Desiccative (drying out)
  • Burning on the irritated skin of baby bottom
  • Difficult to remove (skin could get irritated even more)
Matricaria Chamomilla (chamomile)
  • Demulcent
  • Antibacterial
  • allergy risk
Essential oils (ethereal oils)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial (efficacy contentious)
  • allergy risk
Dexpanthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
  • Regeneration of skin
  • Demulcent
  • Activating the lipid synthethis (skin pH value)
  • Strengthening of protective barrier
  • Dextrorotatory form is the biologically active form

Bepanthen® not only adheres to the 7 Gold Standards but it also comes in the most suitable format