Burrs on children’s fingers: how to deal with them

Burrs, unfortunately, are a common occurrence not only just on the grown-ups hands, but kid’s as well. There are many reasons for them, including lack of certain vitamins, but most commonly they occur when kid’s handcare is neglected or when they bite the nails.

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Biting of the nails deserves a separate post, but from personal experience I can recommend telling your child ( if they already lost their milk teeth ) that if they continue to bite their nails, they can break the tooth and a new one won’t grow in its place. It is a true fact, as I actually know someone to whom this happened at a ‘grand’ age of thirty and required a lengthy and expensive rental work to fix the problem, as the woman in question had no desire to look like a Russian hockey player Alexander Ovechkin.

When one of my kids started getting burrs, we first addressed the issue of biting the nails – sadly we can’t control the habits or traits kids pick up from their friends at school or nursery, but we can try to influence the change in the right direction. My second course of action was to start moisturising the hands better, using Childs Farm hand & body lotion that most kids love using & that gets quickly absorbed, without leaving any residue behind.

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Last, but not least, I was also quite lucky to talk to Amanda Saurin, founder of A.S Apothecary and an incredibly knowledgable plant grower, homeopath, distiller – the list of her skills is endless, but you get the idea .) Amanda kindly made us a cute apothecary pot of the balm for the naughty hands. The smell alone is soothing and calming and it is a good incentive to encourage girls to nurture their nails with it, rather than start using nail polishes from a very young age. Amanda blended the following ingredients when making the personalised burr balm: shea butter, her own bees-wax from the garden, rosehip,  calendula, arnica, plantago, hypericum & stellaria. If we didn’t have the time to apply the balm to the nails and the areas around it, where burrs occurred, in the morning, I made sure we did it with every finger at bedtime ( we also got into the habit of applying it to nails on the toes ). Initially we did it daily, then, as the skin started healing, we switched to every other or every two or three days. This process becomes part of the bedtime routine & creates a lovely habit of looking after one’s hands and nails, making both healthier and softer.  When you do it on a regular basis, burrs actually retreat, much to the delight of a child, who thinks that they did good.

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In addition I would recommend upping your child’s fatty acids intake in their diet, as they will definitely contribute to stronger nails and help improve dry skin. Hemp seed oil is a good supplements but I prefer Bare Biology Super hero fish oil, which kids actually enjoy taking voluntarily,  with no prompting on my part.

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Two months on, there are no burrs and we have a lovely habit of giving each other quick hand and nail massages, pretending to have natural treatments before bedtime. It is a joyful bonding experience, a chance to instill good habits in your child and to make sure your kid’s hands stay infection-free, as burrs can lead to significant inflammation. I say prevention is key and hope you will agree with me.

Latest addition to Childs Farm: a nappy cream

As every new mother knows nappy area requires care, attention and good hygiene practise. However even older kids can be prone to redness, so a good nappy cream always stays in mother’s rescue kit. I am happy to report that recently an award-winning British brand Childs Farm ( named after the founder’s Joanna Jensen farm )announced its latest addition to their wonderful range and their NEW Nappy Cream is not just 98% natural but also contains softening and hydrating shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera which also helps to keep the skin well moisturised.

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As with the entire Childs Farm collection, Nappy cream for happy bottoms is suitable from newborns upwards. The formula is mild, kind and safe for all skin types, including sensitive and eczema prone skin. In a recent independent user trial, 98%* of parents of babies with eczema said they would recommend Childs Farm to other parents with babies with eczema. Sadly eczema seems to be rearing up its dry head and more babies seem to be suffering from it ( according to the statistics kindly provided by Childs Farm team, 20% of under 5s in the UK now have atopic eczema and most often than not doctors prescribe steroids to treat this skin condition, instead of helping to manage it naturally ).

The key to preventing sore bottoms and nappy rash is through cleanliness and moisturisation as nfection occur when skin is dehydrated and skin cells develop gaps between them, thus allowing germs to get underneath.

I also appreciate not just the practicality of Childs Farm packaging but it’s visually enticing effect, as each product features characters from the NEW Childs Farm cartoon, which is now shown daily on the Cartoonito Channel on Sky. The whole approach is very appealing as Joanna, the founder of the brand, doesn’t just focus on her role and responsibilities for her own kids, she also makes sure she gets the message of the right type of skincare for women who might want to go for an easy option of buying let’s say Johnson’s Baby. While Childs Farm products are NOT fully organic but they are natural and do contain organic essential oils. I lost count of how many of my girlfriends and colleagues now rave about Childs Farm skincare ( CF products are perfect gifts, as well as party bag fillers ), praising it for the smell and efficacy. And it’s not just the mothers who adore the products, it’s the children themselves who are happy to use them during bath time. My kids always make sure I pack their favourites when we travel and if that is not the best advertisement for the brand, I don’t know what is.

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Now, let’s dig a little bit deeper on the subject of nappy rash, shall we?

The Science
The outer layer of our skin is called the Epidermis, which makes new skin cells and protects everything beneath the surface of the skin from dehydration, stress and infection. The very top part of the epidermis – stratum corneaum – is in turn coated with a fine acid film (acid mantle) that is the first line of defense against viruses and other foreign invaders.

Skin Hydration
Healthy skin cells are plump because they are full of water. read more

Childs Farm marches onto high street with three new launches

After the domination of Johnson & Johnson baby products on the shelves of supermarkets and high street chemists it is exciting to see the gentle breeze of change with natural kids skincare ranges taking their pride of place on the shelves. The powerful benefit is that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to give your child’s skin the best start in life, caring for it gently and lovingly with the products that don’t contain harsh chemicals that will aggravate the skin and the latest news that Boots and Waitrose, following in the footsteps of  John Lewis are now stocking Childs Farm products will cheer up CF existing fans and will hopefully give the brand a wider reaching exposure.

Childs Farm is a British brand that is dermatalogically, as well as pediatrician approved and the team creates natural toiletries that will work even on sensitive, as well as eczema prone skin. Launching Childs Farm on Boots shelves ( bigger branches for now ) also coincided with the brand launching three new products: 3 in 1 Swim, Bubble Bath and Hair Detangler.

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3 in 1 swim: whether you have a baby or a child of school age you must be familiar with swimming pools most of which come filled with the chlorinated water than not only doesn’t smell that great but is also quite harsh on children’s much more delicate than adult skin. This newly launched all -in-one shampoo, conditioner and body wash contains strawberry, as well as organic mint and will help you wash away the chlorine, while leaving the skin soft and the hair shiny. Instead of adding bulk to the already significant bag or rucksack laden with swimming paraphilia you just pop in one lovely apple green bottle in and it will help your child smell as children should -of natural freshness and sunny childhood happiness.

p.s I recently came across Ecotools bath sponge that does a great job at cleaning the skin, giving it a gently natural buff, as well as a being ‘mock toy ball’ during bath time.  

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Hair Detangler: if you child has naturally curly hair you probably don’t anticipate hair-washing and view it more as a ‘it must be done’ rather than ‘this is going to be a wonderful time with my kid’ but this hair detangler was developed to work on ‘flowing locks’ in particular, probably keeping in mind that after a restful night sleep your curly treasure looks more like curly sheep than a sleek pony. Shake the bottle, spray it on your child’s hair, paying particular attention to the tangles and gently comb through ( Childs Farm hair brush often gets poached by me to brush my tresses and encourage the gentle hair shine, without irritating the scalp ), repeating as required.This is definitely one of the products ( it contains uplifting grapefruit and rosemary extracts and organic tea tree leaf oil ) that will simplify your morning routine, as well as deter head lice, which seem to be a regular point of conversation for mums on a school run.

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Bubble Bath: even though I am not a huge fan of daily luxurious baths myself, there is nothing better than to end a day with the warm bubbly water that melts the tension and days worries away and washes away sweat and frustration of the day. This foaming bubble bath smells zesty due to tangerine orange and lifts the spirits, so it’s not just the little ninjas that enjoy its benefits but tired mothers as well. Truth be told that is one of the most endearing qualities that attracts me to Childs Farm  – not only the products are developed taking into account the fact that children’s skin is different to ours but they would be happily shared in your household. Another benefit is that with their very accessible price point it has a luxurious feel without making one bulk at the cost. On many occasions I not only recommend those products but give them as birthday gifts and get countless compliments with mothers unanimously saying how much their children love using the products.

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Looking after oneself is not a luxury, it’s a must and a human right and instilling good hygiene habits in our children-first giving them baths when they are babies, letting them relax and enjoy the bonding time safely held in the parent’s loving hands and later giving them the products that will care for their skin and appeal to their ‘coolness’ and ‘goodness’ factor with the fruity smells and happy vibes, will hopefully leads to a happier and healthier members of the household all together. And that is one very precious gift that is so easily bestowed and hopefully will be supported by more and more retailers !  

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