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Children's Skin Health


  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro

Children's Skin Health

Children’s Skin Health

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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We often marvel at the softness and smoothness of children’s skin. It is like a blank canvas not yet inscribed by the stuff of life: sun exposure, ageing, scarring and oxidative damage. This reflects in large part the freshness also of their internal bodies, and we want to keep them that way! The skin isn’t a complete barrier, it is a semi-porous membrane, stuff can get in and so we want anything that does go in to be good stuff.  When looking after children’s skin, it is especially important to remember the rule: If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.

Part of growing up in our physical world is the inevitability of cuts and grazes, bites and bumps. Children, running around with wild abandon, are more prone to these incidents than most grown-ups. Thankfully, children heal quickly, but they can heal more quickly with the right support. Research shows that extracts of Chamomile and Calendula, used in Kiwiherb Baby Balm for example, can improve the speed at which skin repairs itself when broken or cut. Comfrey extracts have been shown in trials to reduce pain and improve mobility of sprained and strained joints. Having these ointments and balms on hand in the first aid kit is a great idea for anyone with kids around! Whether it’s grazing from a fall off a skateboard or bruises from soccer, herbal balms and ointments can provide great relief.

Some children also have more chronic skin complaints such as eczema or dermatitis. Again, herbal skincare can be incredibly beneficial for reducing irritation and speeding tissue repair. As well as the herbs outlined above, New Zealand native plants Kawakawa and Poroporo, used in DermaCare Cream, shine when it comes to more chronic skin complaints. Both of these prized herbs help to reduce irritation and inflammation, both hallmarks of eczema, and also help to prevent infections which can colonise the vulnerable patches of eczema on the skin. Burdock is a herb specific for not only promoting healing, but also reducing the itch which can drive kids crazy and reduce the ability of the lesions to heal.

Children are also not immune to fungal infections of the nails and toes. Manuka Oil is a safe and effective solution for addressing athlete’s foot. It can also be utilised as part of a strategy to address bacterial infection or used as an antiseptic to prevent infection of cuts and grazes.

When choosing a topical (on top of the skin) product for your child, don’t just look at the active ingredients or extracts, but look also at what the other ingredients are. Utilising natural oils such as coconut, olive and sunflower not only ensures the treatments are safe (and ‘edible’), but its increases the therapeutic value of the product as these oils have their own intrinsic healing properties.