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My skin is sensitive to many products and I easily to have a reaction to things in the environment including sun, chemicals, dust etc. I find Oilatum bath lotion either junior or adult is a soothing and moisturizes my skin leaving my it feeling quite elastic. The Oilatum range have a light liquid paraffin base and have been around for about thirty years. I have been using it for over ten and it definitely stops any dry/eczema skin problems for me.
The instructions recommend putting 1-3 capfuls in the bath and then soaking for ten minutes. I only use one as the bath can get rather slippy with more. I fill the bath with around six inches of warm, not hot water, add the oilatum and then just relax. The bath becomes quite milky and there is a pleasant clean smell that is not clinical.
There is no need to use any other soaps or moisturizers as oilatum bath emollient does both. After bathing dab yourself dry rather than rub to leave the oil film on your skin. This will lock in any water and so moisturize your skin. Because it locks in moisture oilatum really helps to prolong a tan.
My daughter suffers from small patches of eczema in the folds of her arms and around her wrists. In her sleep at night she was scratching terribly and it was waking her up. I went to the doctors and they prescribed hydrocortisone and diprobase. We found that the diprobase was useless so I bought the Oilatum cream instead. As it was so good I decided to try the bath additive. For some reason the doctors won't prescribe this.
It is quite expensive but because you can buy it in supermarkets and Boots there are often offers available. I got a 150ml bottle for £3. It's normally around £5. The bottle comes in a box. When opened the packaging is simple it has a picture of a boy and a girl and the Oilatum logo. The bottle is white in colour with a screw cap. The packaging states that it is a light liquid paraffin which rehydrates and protects the skin. It is suitable for children and babies with eczema and other dry sking conditions.
You can use the liquid in two ways in the bath by adding 1-3 capfuls to an 8 inch bath of waterand soaking for 10-20 minutes or for an infant bath 1/2 to 2 capfuls to the bath and then using a sponge gently applying the water over the entire body. It can also be used for skin cleansing rub a small amount onto wet skin rinsing then patting dry.
We use this in the bath as my daughter is now 2. She loves the bath so it isn't a problem getting her to sit in there for 20 mins. The liquid is oily and clear in colour but when added to the bath it makes a nice milky colour water. The water doesnt feel greasy but you can see the oily layer in the bath, for this reason you need to be careful as it makes the bath very slippery. It also means after a bath you need to give the bath a good rinse.
The liquid is an emollient so it forms a film on the skin serface reducing moisture loss, soothe, soften and rehydrate the skin. It also acts as a cleanser so no soaps are needed.
After you have bathed your child you are advised to pat them dry.
After using this a few times I can see a noticable difference to my daughter's skin. The doctor advised us that the problem is bathing too much can male the eczema worse as it can lead to the already dry skin losing too much moisture. We use this in conjunction with the Oilatum cream and it makes a huge difference particularly in the winter months where we have the heating on daily.
I would recommend.this as it helps to add moisture to the skin and works well with the cream.
Although my twin boys are identical and genetically made up the same way that does not mean they suffer the same ailments or to the same degree which actually surprises me considering one has certain allergies and the other does not. When it comes to suffering from eczema both my boys suffer but one of my sons a lot worse than his sibling. My son who suffers less severely at worst gets a few dry red patches every so often. My son who suffers really badly (and unfortunately is the one who has a lot of allergies!) has constantly dry scaly skin on most of his body and he can suffer red angry flare ups that can make him itch so much that they bleed. As a parent this is awful and as soon as I could see my boys suffering I took them to the doctors and one of the (many) products I was prescribed was the Oilatum Junior Bath Formula.
***Oilatum Junior Bath Formula***
Oilatum Junior Bath Formula has been specially developed for children and babies with eczema and dry skin. It is a gentle formula which you put in a child's bath which soothes and re-hydrates the skin and provides protection to stop skin drying out further.
The product is suitable to use from birth and is fragrance and colour free although when poured into the bath it does make a "cloudy" bath. The Oilatum Junior Bath Formula comes in a 250ml white bottle with screw off lid.
The Oilatum Junior Bath Formula is available from Boots, Amazon and most chemists however it is often behind the counter and you may need to ask about it. If you have to purchase this product it costs £5.10 for a 250ml bottle. A 250ml bottle lasts us around 3 weeks therefore you do go through this product very quickly but obviously if your child is suffering it is a small price to pay. My boys are prescribed this on a repeat prescription and I have found most pharmacies I have collected the prescription from (Asda, Tesco and Lloyds) stock this product.
We have been using this product in the bath for my boys since they were first prescribed it at around 12 months old. At this time I had mentioned to my health visitor that my boys seemed to have problematic skin and I was advised of many other "traditional" suggestions (i.e. baby oil etc) before I decided enough was enough and went to see my doctor. When I was first prescribed the Oilatum Junior Bath Formula both my sons skin was probably at its worst. My son who suffers less severely had a number of patches of dry skin on his back and legs, whereas my son with the worst case of eczema was totally covered in dry skin patches and had very sore red inflamed patches of skin in the creases of his arms and legs.
When used initially I did not see instant results but both my sons skin had improved greatly within a week of using daily. The Oilatum Junior Bath Formula is very easy to use as you simply pour 2 capfuls of this product to the bath when filling. As soon as you pour the liquid into the bath the bath goes a murky milky colour which is not the most pleasant but has no smell to it and also produces no bubbles. You simply wash your child all over and the product goes to work. When you get your child out of the bath you can notice they feel slightly greasy and there is a film on their skin but this is not the same slippy greasy type feel that you get if you put baby oil into their bath. You then dry your child as normal.
I found that within a week of initial use my son that suffers less had virtually no dry patches of skin on his body and his skin all over felt very smooth. My son who suffers more from eczema still had a number of dry patches of skin on his back however all of the red angry flare ups had completely disappeared and although these were dry they were not red and causing him to scratch and make himself bleed. I used this product for 6 weeks initially until my prescription ran out and I could see a massive difference to both my sons' skin. They both felt a lot smoother and were not constantly scratching and there were not as many or no red patches of skin on their bodies. The product seemed to be working and keeping the product under control so I started to order the Oilatum Junior Bath Formula on repeat prescription.
Because of the severity of one of my sons' eczema I have not really used this product on its own I have used it alongside other eczema products so it is difficult to say how effective it is as a standalone treatment. However when we have ran out of the product and just used the other eczema creams alone my sons who suffers worse seemed to get more flare ups and my other sons skin did not feel as smooth.
I do think the results and effectiveness of this product will vary between individual child's as shown by my two sons over this last year of regular use. For my son who does not suffer as badly from his eczema the Oilatum Junior Bath Formula keeps his skin soft and very smooth and we never need to use steroid or stronger creams on his skin and if he does have a flare up it can be treated with an emollient type cream. For my other son who suffers a lot worse he needs to always use and emollient type cream with the Oilatum Junior Bath Formula and flare ups still happen. His skin is definitely softer but still has a rough appearance at times and it can break out with sore red patches that need a stronger treatment.
Aside from the varying results the only downside to this product is that when used daily you get through a bottle extremely quickly. We are prescribed 2 250ml bottles and these tend to last 6-7 weeks before I need another prescription. Obviously as I do not pay for this product it is not an issue but a larger sized bottle would be a lot more convenient for parents like myself who have to use this over a long term period.
Oilatum Junior Bath Formula is definitely a product I would recommend to other parents who have children with dry skin conditions and eczema as when used as part of the bath time routine it does help to keep a child's skin soft and minimises red sore flare ups that children with eczema suffer. As a parent (and child) it is very easy to use as you simply pour a few cap fulls into a child's bath and let them splash about/ wash as normal as it gets to work on their skin.
The effectiveness of Oilatum Junior Bath Formula will be dependent on the individual child's eczema or skin condition as for one of my (identical) twin boys the Oilatum bath formula plus a emollient cream is enough to keep his eczema under control and remain flare up free. However for his twin the Oilatum Junior Bath Formula helps to minimise the amount of flare ups and keeps his skin smoother but it does not completely stop flare ups and we do still have to use steroid based and stronger creams from time to time.
At £5.10 for a small 250ml bottle this is relatively expensive considering how quickly we seem to get through the bottle with my boys bathing daily. However for a suffering child it is definitely worth paying for as you do see results and you can also get this product on prescription for under 16's (as we do) therefore if your child suffers from skin conditions it is definitely worth consulting a doctor.
A great bath product for problem skin.
My poor little baby boy has had a flare up of his eczema recently. He really only gets it on his cheeks and a few little patches on his arms but his cheeks were all red and cracked and looked like they had been burned, they were that bad. I took him to the doctors who prescribed some steroid cream for him but he also prescribed him some Oilatum Juion Bath liquid for his bath time. I have seen this on sale in Boots but if I can get it on prescription and don't have to pay for it as he is under 16 then so be it, it saves me some money as I think this is a treatment he will need to stay on for quite a while and it could become costly if I had to pay for it every time as a bootle of this Oilatum does not last very long.
Oilatum junior bath is a light liquid paraffin which is used as a soothing bath treatment for eczema and dry skin conditions. According to the back of the bottle Oilatum junior forms an emollient film on the skin surface to reduce moisture loss to soothe, soften and rehydrate the skin. It also cleanses the skin so soaps are not needed. I have not used soap in my baby's bath for a long time and just use a very basic wash to wash his skin so I like the fact that you can have this in the bath and it will cleanse at the same time because babies do need cleaning but I do not like to use harsh soaps on him if I don't need to.
When you pout this into the bath it turns the bath water cloudy and almost milky in effect. It does not product bubbles, it just makes the water still and a bit thicker than just having water in it. When you put your arm in it you are left with a bit of residue on your arm and I can also see this when I pull my little boy out of the bath. He does have a film all over his skin and you can see that it is enveloping it and keeping it moist even when he is out of the water. When you put your hands in the bath water you can feel that it is really soft and it does stick to the skin.
The directions for how much to use are written on the back of the bottle and I do follow this as I want to make sure I am mixing it up properly and not adding to much or too little. For an infant you add 1/2 to 2 capfuls to a small bath of water and apply gently over the entire body with a sponge. The cap is on the top of the bottle and its fairly big so as I use two capfuls each bath this is why a 250ml bottle does not last very long, less than a month so you do need to keep getting prescriptions.
I really like the way this makes my baby boys skin feel. It is helping with his eczema, cradle cap and dry skin and I will continue to use it. The only thing I would say is that it makes his hair go a little bit greasy so I do have to rinse his hair with clean water as he is getting out of the bath but this is not too much of a problem. I rub Oilatum cream over his body after his bath and the combination of the two is working well and something I recommend.
My daughter has had eczema all of her life and I have been on a constant battle find products that control it. I have finally found the perfect approach, and an important aspect of it is Oilatum bath formula.
I use around 1 - 2 capfuls every evening in my daughter's bath, depending on how bad her skin is that day. It feels nice in the water, softening it a little and coating the skin with moisture. It send the water a little opaque and makes the bath slightly slippery, so use with caution and make sure that youngsters don't slip. It can be used as a cleanser instead of soap, which can dry the skin,
It is quite expensive and I get through bottles of the stuff very quickly. I have to use it every day, as even one Oilatum bath missed is enough for her eczema to flare up. If bought in a chemist, it costs around £6 for a 300ml bottle, but if you speak to your doctor, you may be able to get it on prescription.
From birth my eldest son has suffered from extremely dry skin. He is two and half years old now and I find it flairs up from time to time. He has been on different medicated creams to help with it and we found it got it under control. Although we had the cream sorted we didn't know what to put in his bath. Johnsons baby bath didn't seem to help. On a visit to our local Tesco's we came across this oilatum junior for sensitive skin. It couldn't be any worse so we give it a go.
Oilatum Junior is a liquid Paraffin. It is too be used for eczema and dry skin conditions. This particular one is suitable for babies and children.
It comes in a white bottle with a screw cap lid. There isn't any safety cap on it so be warned as the oily based liquid wouldn't be easy to clean up. From the supermarket the bottle is a box. It has a cute little cartoon picture of what look like a mum and child so it instantly cries out to parents. It looks friendly if ever a box could!
It is simple to use. You add 1 to 3 capfuls to eight inches of bath water. Direction for usage is on the back of the bottle on how much you should apply depending on the age of your child. For my son I usually use 1 ½ caps and that is enough for him.
Oilatum is a clear substance and oily to the touch as you would expect from the name. You don't get any bubbles with this bath solutions but we can't have everything when it's helping your little ones skin. No bubbles have ever bothered my son as he has used this from an early age so he hasn't known any different. It recommends not to use a soap substance with this as it is a cleanser and there is no need. It is fragrance free so you notice when you open it there is no smell.
Oilatum isn't cheap ( about £5 for 150ml )and after using it a couple of times I began to think it was silly I got my sons cream on prescription why couldn't I get some bath stuff. So I asked my doctor and I haven't had to buy any since. He is now prescribed Oilatum plus and it's exactly the same as the oilatum junior you buy in the shops. Just a little tip for you all if you use it on a regular basis.
A big warning should come with this product though it does make the bath slippery due to its oil base. Every time I pick it up from the chemist they warn me about it. I would recommend putting a bath mat down in the bath if you don't already.
We haven't looked back since the first time we used this. It helped my son's skin and left it feeling soft and clean. I would highly recommend giving it a go if you baby/child suffers from dry skin and if you find you need to use it for every bath go see your doctor you may just be able to get it on prescription.
My son occasionally suffers from dry and irriated skin. Whilst it is usually kept under control with the use of e45 cream, occasionally there is a flare up and I have to turn to extra help to soothe his skin. One of the first things I reach for in these instances is oilatum junior bath formula.
This oilatum bath formula is an excellent product. It is specially developed for children and is super effective in dealing with irritation and dryness of the skin. I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my son's skin condition after using this product. It not only provides improvement to his skin but he seems to be a lot brighter in his self as he is less irritated by itching.
This oilatum can be purchased from most chemists. It costs around £5 for a 100ml bottle which is quite expensive. However, it is well worth the money as it is super effective.
You add this bath formula to the childs bath, in order to coat the water in this deliciously moisturising oil. This in turn soaks into the skin thus making the skin much less dry. When I opened the bottle, I was initially suprised by the lack of odour or colour to this product. There is quite a greasy feel to this product though. So it is advisable not to use too much.
All instructions for usage are written clearly on the box. Also ingredients are written clearly in order for you to decide if this product is for you.
I would most certainly recommend this product as it is very effective and kind to the skin. My son is very receptive to this product and his skin has improved dramatically. His skin is much less dry, particularly on problem areas such as the back of his legs.
This bath formula is an excellent emolient. I think it is one of the better products on the market. This is why I am happy to pay extra for this product. There are other oilatum products such as creams and lotions on the market which work well in conjunction with this bath formula. However, I do not use these as I prefer e45 cream.
I had noticed recently that Little Miss appeared to be getting dry skin, and although not eczema or anything, decided to change her bathing regime for a short time to combat any dryness. I had heard of this before, and decided to give it a whirl
WHAT IS IT?
This is an amollient bath additive which will apparently treat eczema and other dry skin conditions. It is suitable for babies and young children and forms an emollient film on the skin to reduce moisture loss, soften and rehydrate the skin. It also cleans the skin so there is no need to use soaps, which can be very drying.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING..
The product comes in a box with all of the information and instructions on the back of the box and when i take out the bottle, the same is repeated. The plastic 150ml bottle is fairly standard and shaped in the middle for ease of usage. I unscrew the lid and as expected the product is clear and odourless, and like an oil in consistency. If I rub a bit onto my hands I can easily see how this is going to protect and not dry out the skin.
The product should only be used with water. For a standard bath, 1-3 capfuls should be added to an 8" bath of water and this should be reduced for babies. The product (diluted) should be applied gently over the skin with a sponge and then patted dry. For skin cleansing, it should be applied to wet skin, rinsed off and again patted dry. We are not treating any skin complaint so just added a random amount to the normal amount of bath water just to get a bit of moisture into her skin.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
Widely available in chemists and supermarkets, this cost me around the £5 mark for 150ml. Not the cheapest bath product I have ever bought but if it works, then definitely worth it.
Well the first thing Little Miss noticed was that there were no bubbles, so the bath apparently felt a bit naked! The product however has seemed to do the trick. Just adding a bit of the product into her bath for a week seems to have alleviated her dry skin. She has commented that it makes the bath water feels silky and when she gets dry, it almost feels as though there is a protective film on her skin.
We are lucky in that we don't need to use this all the time and don't have to be too careful with the amounts, so for what we needed, the product has worked a treat. I am definitely going to be adding this to her bath a couple of times a week for a "naked" bath, and this will hopefully keep any dry skin at bay. I also think it will be an excellent bathing product after summer hols when skin has dried out and needs some extra moisture.
An excellent product which i would recommend for anyone with dry skin, or sensitive skin complaints, and one which I would recommend.
Thanks for reading.