Perioral dermatitis can be hard to diagnose in toddlers: it’s a condition that mostly affects women between 16-45, and there are other things that might be more likely in toddlers, so do get a diagnosis from your doctor!
But if you know that the rash isn’t impetigo, contact dermatitis, dribble rash or childhood eczema, then it could well be infantile perioral dermatitis.
So what can you put on perioral dermatitis to soothe the soreness without stinging?
- First, know your child’s triggers! What you put on their face could be behind the flare-ups. In fact, topical steroid creams are now acknowledged to be a serious risk factor for perioral dermatitis. If you have to use anti-inflammatories, ask your doctor for non-steroidal types.
- Creams with irritant ingredients can also trigger flare-ups of perioral dermatitis. Avoid any containing fragrances, preservatives, colours and dye.
- Avoid creams that are occlusive, ie that block the skin from breathing and clog pores. These tend to be creams containing paraffin or petroleum jelly.
- Pick a soothing anhydrous balm, like Skin Salvation, rather than a water-based cream which can sting. Skin Salvation is made with beeswax rather than paraffin, so it allows the skin to breathe, but still provides good protection against external irritants.
It’s worth remembering that perioral dermatitis in little children usually resolves itself within a few months, so it’s just a case of helping it on its way, and supporting the skin to repair itself without further irritation!
Skin Salvation balm, with hemp and olive (from £7.99 for 30ml)
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