After trying a prescribed cream called Diprobase and finding it wasn't that effective, they advised me to try Aveeno Moisturising Cream. This is made with active Colloidal Oatmeal which is very finely milled and is suitable for babies from 3 months who may be prone to eczema or dry, sensitive skin. I found that certain bath washes or bubble bath would cause his skin to dry out, but by applying Aveeno cream regularly, it helped to restore the skin's natural barrier.
The cream is fragrance free and has a luxurious non-greasy feel to it. As soon as you apply it, it feels soothing and hydrating. We regularly apply Aveeno to his legs and arms before bedtime, and by morning his skin really does feel so much softer. I also use Aveeno cream regularly as I get dry skin, particularly on my bump. I find it really soothing.
Having been a huge fan of the Aveeno cream since LO was tiny, I was really pleased when they contacted me to see if we would like to also try their Bath & Shower Oil. As I said earlier, I found a lot of baby bath washes irritate LO's skin. We have been using the Aveeno Bath Oil for about a week and I've already noticed his skin is smoother and less dry after bath time. It's honey-like in colour and consistency and you simply add 2 tablespoons worth to running bath water or directly onto the skin in the shower. Unfortunately it doesn't make bubbles (LO loves bubbles at bath time) and makes the water a milky colour. But on the plus side, I know it's being kind to his skin and keeping it moisturised.
If your children are prone to dry skin like LO, here are some top tips from Dr Rob Hicks which may help:
Avoid bathing too often as it can strip the skin of natural protective oils. After a bath, pat the skin dry with a towel rather than rubbing.
Use bath oil to keep skin moisturised and make sure bath water is luke warm rather than hot.
Apply a moisturiser frequently to keep skin hydrated. Carrying a little pot of moisturiser, particularly in the colder months is useful for if your skin feels itchy.
Avoid wool or synthetic clothing. Choose cotton clothing where possible as it's smooth and cool and allows skin to breathe.
Keep nails short so that if your child does itch their skin they won't cause as much damage.
Aveeno have also launched a new book called The Dry-ventures of Ellie & Eddie. Written by author Penelope Harper, this is a lovely story which aims to teach children about looking after their skin, particularly if they have eczema or are prone to dry sensitive skin, particularly if they are at school and don't have mum or dad there to remind them to put their cream on. Obviously the story is a bit old for LO, but with the cold winter months coming up, it'd be great for helping older children feel engaged in looking after their skin.
For more information about Aveeno products, visit their website www.aveeno.co.uk
Aveeno moisturising cream is available in a 100ml tube and 300ml or 500ml pumps. Bath & Shower Oil is available in a 250ml bottle.
NB: I was very kindly sent the moisturising cream and bath & shower oil for LO to try for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed and photos are my own.