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WonderReview – Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream

first 40 yearsAfter three children and five and a half years of continuous nappy changing its fair to say as a Pharmacist I have had a vested interest in trying out all of the many many nappy rash creams that are available on the Irish market!  I’ve had phases with little or no nappy rash to battle and phases where it has felt impossible to clear! For the last couple of months I have unfortunately been battling a particularly persistent case so I was excited and eager to try the new Mustela 123 Vitamin Barrier Cream which arrived on our shelves in Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy…yes I am that sad – this is exactly the kind of thing that makes my day at the moment!! Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide – The Reality of Ringworm

Ringworm is also known as tinea corporis. Surprisingly it has absolutely nothing to do with worms at all, despite its name.  It is a common fungal infection which often affects children but can affect adults too and it is thought that 10-20% of people will suffer from ringworm at some stage in their lives! It is a highly contagious infection which can be passed from human to human and even from dog or cat to human.   It usually affects the arms or legs but can occur almost anywhere.

ringworm-wonderbabaWhat does it look like?

  • Affects arms and legs most frequently
  • Round, red or silvery patches of skin which can be scaly
  • The skin can be itchy and inflamed.

 

How do I prevent it? Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Insect Bites, Repellents and the Zika Virus!

 

This is a difficult one as the studies completed in the area are few and far between however there is current guidance from ‘bumps’ – best use of medicines in pregnancy from the UK teratology information service which is recommended by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

mosquito biteDuring pregnancy or whilst trying to conceive women should follow the same recommendations as all other travellers.  If travelling to an area at risk of the Zika virus, Malaria, west nile virus, or Lyme disease it is worth postponing your trip if at all possible.  If this is not possible then every measure possible should be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten as discussed below.  I will also discuss the problems with contracting Zika during pregnancy and how it can put you and your baby at risk. Continue reading


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Hand foot and mouth disease – the aftermath!

We had hand, foot and mouth disease in the house a while ago – fun times…. Not so much!  Read my full hand, foot and mouth blog here –https://wonderbaba.ie/2015/09/22/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-a-wonderbaba-guide/

I just wanted to highlight a common problem that occurs after this illness. One of my little girls  had significant damage to her nail bed due to the blisters forming on the skin under her nails. This means that whilst the symptoms and virus have passed – the signs still remain. Continue reading


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Wonder Review – Uriage Soin Peri-Oral Cream & Cu-Zn+ Spray!

 

 

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I was going to review the Soin Peri-Oral cream on its own but as the week started I realised there was another product which would compliment the treatment of my sons dribble rash and so I decided to use them both in combination!  The other product, which I have mentioned in blogs before, is the Uriage Cu-Zn+ Spray.  I will explain the reason that I think these products go hand in hand together now!

There are two areas which dribble rash affects – the first is the area directly surrounding the mouth (the peri-oral area) and the other is the folds in the skin under the baby’s chin. Continue reading


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Uriage Review – Xemose Creme and Cu-Zn Spray.

uriage-xemose-universal-11672In my quest to get familiar with the Uriage range (and indulge in a little pampering for myself and the kids!!) I started to use the Uriage Xemose Emollient Creme on the whole family!  I suffer with eczema myself so whilst my main aim was to see how baby Callum liked it I actually ended up stealing quite a lot of his stash..!! Put simply this is the creamiest of creams and it is just beautiful to use on your skin at this time of year if you suffer in any way from dry skin!  The effects of it last all day and even massaging it in you can feel how nourishing and soothing it is!  I absolutely loved it and really and truly this will be a permanent fixture in my skincare cabinet from now on! Yes I have a whole cabinet…those of you with eczema will understand!

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Wonder Review – Uriage Cradle Cap Cream and Shampoo!

Cradle cap is the name given to flaky, yellowish patches of skin which occur on a babies scalp usually within the first three months of their lives. The cause is not fully understood but it usually clears by the time a child reaches two or three years of age. It may last just a few weeks or even a few months. It does not generally cause any discomfort for the baby. It can however look quite unpleasant and, if the scales are picked at, it can leave your child vulnerable to an infection of the skin. Continue reading


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Wonder Review – Uriage 1ère Eau – Baby Cleansing water!

1ereeaunettoyanteUriage Eau Thermal skincare was a range we recently started to stock in Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy – it’s been getting rave reviews and fantastic feedback so I wanted to find out more about the baby skincare range!

One product in particular caught my eye and that was the 1ère Eau Cleansing Water.  It comes in a large 500ml bottle and has a well designed lid which makes it easy to squirt onto cotton wool.

So what does it do?

This lightly fragranced water is a no-rinse cleanser for babies. Continue reading


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Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

Eczema and Dermatitis – A parent’s complete guide.

What is it and who does it affect?

These two terms are both used to describe the same skin condition which can cause dry, itchy and irritated skin.  It is the most common inflammatory disease of the skin.  Approximately one in five children under six years of age suffer from eczema.  Children often grow out of it and as a result only one in twelve adults have eczema.   It can occur in very young babies and often begins with a small patchy rash on the cheeks or scalp. It can be differentiated from cradle cap by examining its colour.  Cradle cap tends to be yellow in colour whereas eczema will cause more of a red rash.  Continue reading


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A Sun Care Guide for Babies and Children!

sunshine-wonderbabaThankfully it’s getting to that time of year again when we need to consider how best to protect our little ones from the strong UV rays.  Sometimes we associate sun cream and sun care with going on holidays or travelling abroad but actually it’s as important to be proactive when we are at home in Ireland too! The UV damage is just as bad in Irish weather as it is abroad – 90% of the UV rays can penetrate light cloud coverage.   Did you know that getting sunburnt in your childhood increases your risk of melanoma later in life? Continue reading