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For over 165 years, Stiefel Laboratories has been committed to advancing dermatology and skin science around the world.

With an excellent understanding of the skin, Stiefel have developed formulations that help people enjoy healthy skin. Stiefel brings its skin expertise directly to you to meet your daily needs.

As the makers of Oilatum, we understand what it’s like to have a dry skin condition and the impact it can have on your child and your family. That’s why we have a specialist skin care range which is designed for the treatment of dry skin conditions including eczema, and is suitable for babies, children and adults.

There are also products available to moisturise and protect the skin. The Oilatum Daily Junior range includes a moisturising lotion and gentle cleansing products to help protect against dry skin.

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Oilatum Cream, Oilatum Junior, Oilatum Junior Cream and Oilatum Shower Gel Fragrance-Free are medicines for dry skin conditions.
Oilatum Junior and Oilatum Shower Gel Fragrance-Free contain light liquid paraffin. Always read the label.

Where to find Oilatum ®

You and your family no longer need to suffer from dry skin, we’re here to help. We have a wide range of products, from bath time additives to shower gels and creams, which can be found in most leading supermarkets, Boots, Lloyds Pharmacies and independent pharmacies.

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Caring for your child’s skin

Caring for your child’s skin is very important and we understand that you want to help them feel as comfortable as possible.

Our Comfort Skin Therapy Booklet is full of helpful advice on bathing your baby, caring for their dry skin conditions, including eczema, and helping them to get a good night’s sleep. 

Comfort Skin Therapy brings together helpful tips and advice from experts as well as from our Comfort Skin Guardians, real parents who, like you, have tried and tested a number of ways to care for their child’s skin. 

Helpful how to guides

Eczema: My Story

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How to Bathe

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Netmums is also a fantastic community to get involved in. It gives you the opportunity to talk to other mums and to get insider information from mums who’ve had similar experiences.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is eczema?

    Healthy skin contains fats and oils which help to maintain moisture by creating a protective layer.

    In eczema prone skin, the cells don’t produce as many fats and oils and so retain less water. This leads to the protective layer being weaker, allowing irritants and allergens to enter the skin leading to irritation.

  • How common is eczema?

    Eczema is an extremely common condition affecting one in five children in the UK. In fact, 8 out of 10 cases occur before the child turns 5. Whilst people usually grow out of eczema, one in twelve adults have eczema.

  • What are the symptoms of eczema?

    Eczema can cause the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. In severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding.

    Eczema usually occurs in areas where the skin folds, such as: Behind the knees, inside the elbows, the sides of the neck and also around the eyes and ears.

  • How should I treat dry and eczema prone skin?

    The most common method of treatment is the use of emollients. Emollients are an essential treatment in eczema and dry skin conditions to moisturise the skin by soothing and softening. For more information on how to treat your child’s eczema please download our Comfort Skin Therapy Booklet. You should also speak to your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

  • How much emollient should I use on my child?

    Parents of children with eczema should try to bathe their child in an emollient wash product once a day.
    Emollient creams should be used frequently; the weekly recommended amount for children is 250 g per week. On a day to day basis, it is recommended to apply an emollient cream at least 3 to 4 times a day.

  • How can I protect mine and my child’s skin during winter?

    1. Make sure the skin is moisturised using an oil-based moisturiser
    2. Wrap yourself and your child up so both of you are protected from the harsh environment that winter brings
    3. If you or your child has a dry skin condition including eczema use a gentle bath wash such as a bath additive. After washing use an emollient cream.
    4. Try not to overheat the skin once indoors as extremes in temperature can aggravate the skin.
    5. When drying after a bath or shower, pat your skin gently instead of rubbing the skin dry
  • What are the top tips for bathing a child with dry skin conditions including eczema?

    1. Add a bath emollient to the water to help prevent the skin from drying out
    2. Try to keep the temperature as close to the bathroom air temperature as possible - changes in temperature can aggravate the skin
    3. Soak your child in the bath water for 10-20 minutes - try to avoid keeping them in bath longer as this may actually dry out the skin
    4. After bathing, apply an emollient cream to all areas of the skin to lock in the moisture
  • How do I stop my child with eczema from scratching during the night?

    1. Try to keep their bedroom cool, but not too cold
    2. Use cotton sheets that have been washed with a sensitive skin detergent
    3. Apply an emollient cream about 20 minutes before bedtime to allow it to soak in to the skin
    4. Do not allow pets to sleep in the same room as your child
    5. Try to keep your child’s nails short so any scratching that does occur does minimal damage

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