Here is a growing collection of Frequently Asked
Questions that crop up on a regular basis.
What to Use for Itchy Kids?????
Itís a question
I get asked about a lot. So here are some information links to get you started.
Remember that the sun Ďdown underí is stronger than Ďup and overí so when (if?)
you are researching this topic you need to go for NZ or Ozzie research.
research-the tricky bit is deciding on using a Mineral or a Chemical
sunscreen. Iíll let you do your own research on this but just want to say that
there is a difference on how these two types work and how they look and feel
when applied. The cosmetic issue with mineral sunscreens is that they are thick
and leave the skin looking white. To address this some mineral sunscreens are
made with nano particles and are therefore easier to apply and donít leave the
white sheen BUT it has been suggested that nano particles may be harmful.
New ideas on
the most effective and the least harmful sunscreen will change over time as new
research is carried out and new products hit the market. Keep your eyes and ears
open and check if the source of your info is reliable, after all it is a product
that makes some big companies some BIG money.
If your child
is under the care of a specialist physician or nurse you should discuss with
them what they recommend specifically for your child as the effects of sunlight
on eczema skin may vary from one itchy kid to another.
The only advice
I would like to give is to patch test the sunscreen on your child first before
using. You may even be able to get a sample size or a free sample from the
retailer. Explain your situation and you may be offered a squirt out of a clean
tester to take home to trial. If there is one thing we itchy kid parents donít
need, its more tubes of lotions and potions that canít be used cluttering up our
already bulging cupboards!
If you have
any information to add to what I have gathered here please feel free to contact
me so that I may add it and share it with the Itchy Kids Community.
Cancer Society NZ information sheet on sunscreen
Article on whatís in sunscreen.
National Eczema Society UK Sunscreen Fact Sheet
National Eczema Society UK Eczema and the Sun
Cancer Society of New Zealand suncare and other products
- Sunscreen Creme for Children & Sensitive Skin.
One place that you can buy this product on-line Kumfy Kids NZ. This link lists
I found this when searching the internet. Iíve not seen or tried it personally.
Worth a read and gives a very comprehensive list of ingredients.
Not sure when this info was posted on this site. Here is some of what it says
and the link to the page. ďFirstly
for those that have not heard there has been a major shake up in the Sunscreen
world as the several Natural Sunscreen brands including Weleda and Dr Haushka
have pulled their sunscreens off the market. Due to new regulations in Europe
eliminating Titanium Dioxide as a sufficient enough UVA blocker.Ē
Pharmacy a New Zealand on-line shop that specialises in allergy products. They
stock a range of sunscreens for allergy and sensitive skins.
Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen
It is possible to make your own Wet Wrap garments using Tubifast tubular
bandages. For detailed instructions
About them and where to get them
If your child is deemed at risk of a severe, life threatening allergic reaction
(anaphylaxis) then your health professional may have recommended your child
carry adrenaline. Adrenaline counteracts the effects of anaphylaxis and is given
via an injection.
Information about Anaphylaxis can be found on this page of the Auckland Allergy
One way to deliver adrenaline is through an EpiPen. In New Zealand EpiPens are
not currently on prescription nor are they subsidised by the government. The
full cost is paid by the consumer. So, where is the best place to buy them? I
hear you ask. The answer of course is to always shop around and compare prices,
but generally the best place to start is with your G.P. Your G.P. can order one
for you directly from Mylan New Zealand. This way you avoid the mark-up the
pharmacist places on them if you get them from a chemist shop.
Mylan New Zealand Consumer Products-EpiPen and EpiPen Jr
The other cost effect place to purchase is through the on-line shop Allergy
Pharmacy who state they don't charge a mark-up.
You can also order and EpiPen through your pharmacist although this does tend to
be the more expensive option so it's best to get a price quoted before you order
A word of note: EpiPens have an expiry date. The length of the expiry date can
be anywhere from less than 12months to 18 months depending on the shipments from
the supplier. the current dating for stock in NZ is posted on both the Mylan and
the Allergy New Zealand websites so check this out before purchasing.
Yes it is possible to buy seasonal and 'every day' allergy friendly chocolate.
Kinnerton Confectionary is made in the Uk. They make novelty a
line of every day and allergen free confectionary. They produce seasonal
confectionary as well as products with popular children's characters as well as
a basic luxury bar that can be eaten as is or used in cooking.
Check out there website for information about products and their Nut Safety
Where to get Kinnerton Confectionary:
April 2011, The Warehouse, Lyall Bay, Wellington are stocking the Adult Luxury
Egg and Bar pack and the Tigger Egg and Jellies.
Check out Allergy NZ Blogspot
Sweet William is made in Australia. They are a dairy free
chocolate company and their products are also gluten, nut and lactose free.
Browse their website for the full range of products they produce which include
seasonal lines as well as the everyday.
Where to get Sweet William:
Distributed in NZ by Crombie & Price Ltd
-Products can be found in Pack N Save, Count Down and other Supermarkets.
-Common Sense Organics Shop and On-line
-'Ntolerance Shop and On-line
Other Brands/types of confectionary
Ntolerance Shop On-line:
Organics Shop and On-line:
Horner's Confectionery Ltd
I often find their candy canes stocked in the WareHouse in Wellington, New
Zealand. They seem to be Auckland based