Sunday, February 6, 2011

Using Mustela Stelatopia for Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Eczema

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We have been discussing baby and child eczema. You can help prevent or treat eczema by keeping a child's skin from becoming dry or itchy. Some of the over-the-counter products we have recommended so far for the treatment of eczema in children and babies have been: CeraVe cream, Aquaphor and Eucerin products, and Cetaphil cleaners and lotions.

Today we recommend Mustela® Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia® products for the care of dry and eczema-prone skin. With its specific patented active ingredient, the Sunflower Oil Distillate, Stelatopia® is great for eczema-prone skin, by forming an effective skin hydrating barrier.

1. Mustela Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream - Restructures, nourishes, soothes and re-balances very dry, lipid-depleted skin, particularly eczema-prone skin.

2. Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics, Stelatopia Cream Cleanser - Used for daily cleansing of the face and body, this cleanser cleanses, protects and soothes. Soap-free and non-irritating formula. May be used in both bath and shower.

3. Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia Milky Bath Oil - Cleanses, lipid-replenishes and soothes. Especially recommended at times of flare-ups.

4. Mustela Stelatopia No Rinse Cleansing Water - Gently cleanses the skin in a single step without deplenishing lipid levels. Instantly soothes sensations of discomfort while protecting and softening the skin. Practical for quick cleansing throughout the day.

More tips on preventing and treating children with eczema include:
  • Avoid giving the child frequent hot baths, which tend to dry the skin.

  • Use warm water with mild soaps or non-soap cleansers when bathing the child.

  • Avoid using scented soaps or laundry detergents.

  • Ask your doctor if it's OK to use oatmeal soaking products in the bath to help control the itching.

  • Avoid excessive scrubbing and toweling after bathing the child. Instead, gently pat the child's skin dry.

  • Avoid dressing the child in harsh or irritating clothing, such as wool or coarsely woven materials. Dress the child in soft clothes that "breathe," such as those made from cotton.

  • Apply moisturizing ointments (such as petroleum jelly), lotions, or creams to the child's skin regularly and always within a few minutes of bathing, after a very light towel dry.

  • Even if the child is using a corticosteroid cream prescribed by the doctor, apply moisturizers or lotions frequently (ideally, two to three times a day). But avoid alcohol-containing lotions and moisturizers, which can make skin drier. Some baby products can also contribute to dry skin.

  • Apply cool compresses (such as a wet, cool washcloth) on the irritated areas of skin to ease itching.

  • Keep the child's fingernails short to minimize any skin damage caused by scratching.

  • Try having the child wear comfortable, light gloves to bed if scratching at night is a problem.

  • Help the child avoid becoming overheated, which can lead to flare-ups.

  • Eliminate any known allergens such as certain foods, dust, or pet dander from the household. (This has been shown to help some young kids.)

  • Have the child drink plenty of water, which adds moisture to the skin.

What is your review of Stelatopia products? Be sure to stop by next week for another Product Review Sunday.


Charlotte said...

I've been following this discussion and under cetaphil it sounds like a little bit of arguing going on and that just shows how unique and different everyone is. For example, I have severe eczema but also seborhea on my face. It's confusing because you treat the two issues differently.

I think a combination of products work for me. I'm constantly trying new products. Keep a journal of what works and what doesn't so you don't waste time trying a product again if it doesn't agree with you.

Another point I want to make is regularly baby cleansing products are not gentle enough for most people with eczema or sensitive skin!!

I'm serious. Johnson's products make my skin bleed.

What works for me works differently for my charges. Not each child in the family can be treated exactly the same. What bothers me personally is the wool rugs in the house seem to negatively affect on of my charges and the parents don't accept this fact. I've cared for other children that had pets that caused asthma, eczema in their child but didn't get rid of the pet and in fact put another caged animal in the child's room making their asthma horrible.

So, we can only do what the parents allow us to. Don't get upset if something that works for you doesn't work for the child you care for. We are individuals.

I highly recommend going to the dermatologist. I just assumed my seborhea was eczema because I already have eczema. They are different and treated differently. Good luck with this frustrating problem.

lovebeingananny said...

My Mom Boss bought Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns for their son with cradle cap. This stuff works great. We only use it once a week now to prevent any little flakes. We have had the one bottle for months because little goes a long way. I would highly recommend it for cradle cap.

Charlotte said...

But, that's what I'm talking about lovebeingananny! Cradle cap is NOT eczema! Cradle cap is sebhorea (?spelling)dandruff! They require different treatments. Our pediatrician never helped us with how to get rid of cradle cap. So, that's great that you are sharing that this product helps for that!!

AuPairDebbie said...

I didn't realize there were so many rashes that seem the same but are different. How can you tell difference between dandruff sebbhoria and psoriasis?

Mom said...

My doc prescribed elidel and it has worked better than over the counter meds on my daughter. But have yet to try this, I will buy some.

Heidi said...

My pediatrician said my son gets some exzema on his cheeks. She said johnsons lotion is the worst product to use. We use Vaseline brand lotion and that helps a lot! She also suggested Eucerin cream which works great on me too. I think consistency is key. At every diaper change and clothing change put on lotion. Quick baths (not long ones) a must.

Nanny Jen said...

I love love love MUSTELA FACIAL CLEANSING CLOTHS. i love them. they are very gentle since they are made for babies. they work like a charm and immediately. the more often i used it, the quicker it seemed to clear up. i know these are sort of expensive, but so worth it. i highly recommend these products. please try them before steroids because steroids thin the skin and have nasty side effects! Nanny Jen

Anonymous said...

What about milk, dust, wool and pet dander?? Those are what irritate my charge the most!

Anonymous said...

What about milk, dust, wool and pet dander?? Those are what irritate my charge the most!

Anonymous said...

There are tons of products to try and it can be overwhelming so thanks for posting this series. I have found Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia Cream Cleanser & Weleda Calendula Baby Soap the best cleansers. Any fragrance-free lotion works and I like using oils before taking the baby out of the bath and then Aquaphor for the worst eczema.