What can I say. Eczema runs in my family and so it’s an ongoing problems for us. My husband and I both have eczema so as a result, all my kids have eczema. I just feel so bad for them. They’re always itchy and scratching, and all the dry skin is such a bother to them! My third child has it the WORST and so I’ve written this post to help other moms like me, who are trying to soothe their child’s itchy and dry skin. Here’s a list of 6 things you can do to help your baby with eczema.
1. Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
I think the best thing to do is to moisturize VERY frequently and to find a moisturizer that suits you. If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll find SO many different moisturizers that it will be hard to decide which one to try. To help figure out which brands you can trust, read this list from NationalEczema.org . The ones from this list that I like using include, Curel, Gold Bond Ultimate, Cerave, Aveno and Dove Baby. My baby’s skin is so dry that I like to moisturize her whole body every 3 to 4 hours or every diaper change, so I keep the moisturizer right beside the diaper changing supplies.
2. Take a shower or bath daily.
It may seem counter intuitive for someone with dry skin to take daily baths, but actually, daily showers or baths are good for someone with eczema. According to the National Eczema Association, bathing is a great way to get moisture back into the skin. The key is applying moisturizer within three minutes of bathing or showering to lock in the moisture. It’s not the bathing that makes the skin dry, it’s the fact that the skin cannot hold the moisture in. Make sure the water is luke warm and do not scrub the eczema effected skin with a loofa or wash cloth. It’s also a good idea to use gentle cleansers like Cetaphil and not soap.
3. Wear clothing that is soft, breathable and not too hot.
I like to put my baby in cotton clothing. I avoid thick sweaters or acrylic material. These materials can sometimes be too hot or rough against the skin. I also try not to bundle up my baby too much because that can overheat baby and aggravate the skin too.
4. Use laundry detergent that is scent free, fragrance free and dye free.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the smell of scented laundry soap and softeners. My favourite is the Downy scent, but since baby has really bad eczema, I use Tide Free. It’s free of any fragrance, scent or dyes so I know it won’t irritate my daughter’s sensitive skin.
5. See your family doctor if nothing is working.
If you have done all of the above and still nothing is helping, maybe it’s time to see the doctor. My youngest had quite a severe case of sebhorrheic dermatitis (aka cradle cap) and no matter what home remedy I tried, nothing helped! I brought him to our family doctor and she recommended a mild hydrocortisone for the face and scalp and after a few applications, the skin improved significantly.
Hydrocortisone creams can be bought over the counter but it’s still a good idea to get approval from your family doctor to make sure it’s the appropriate treatment.
6. Try a natural remedy.
According to the National Eczema Association things already in your kitchen like coconut oil can really help. Coconut oil may reduce the amount of staph bacteria on the skin which reduces the chance of infection. Make sure that it’s “virgin” or “cold pressed”. This means that chemicals were not used in its extraction which mean it’s better for the skin.
Here are some great resources for information on eczema:
Do you and/or your kids have eczema? What has helped you? I heart your comments.
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