25 Aug How To Treat Baby Eczema Naturally
Dry, sensitive skin that gets itchy or scaly? Yep, it sounds like your baby might have eczema. There is no known cure, but the condition can be managed to avoid the scratching and sleepless nights that can accompany an eczema flare.
Going to your trusted GP to diagnose eczema is a great place to start. If you’re also wondering how to treat baby eczema naturally, we have some great ideas for you. Read on to learn how a daily skin care routine can help soothe and nourish your little one’s dry skin – and what external irritants to avoid so that nasty flare ups are few and far between.
What is Baby Eczema?
If you’ve noticed your baby has dry, extra-sensitive skin, there’s a good chance it’s eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a dry skin condition that results in patches of skin that can be red, scaly and very itchy. In babies, it most commonly occurs in the skin creases of the elbows and behind the knees but can develop elsewhere.
The good news is that many children outgrow eczema by adolescence. In the meantime, there are simple ways to treat baby eczema naturally, alleviate itching and soothe the dry patches.
Bath Time Tips
It can be tempting to think that babies need a bath every day, but this not true. And in some cases, it can have an overly drying effect on sensitive skin. Our top tips for bathing your eczema-prone baby are:
- keep baths to every second or third day (top and tail clean on the other days)
- use warm water only – hot water is too drying
- keep bath time short – no more than 10 minutes
- use a naturally nourishing baby wash that’s free from harsh detergents and soaps
Use LOTS of Natural Baby Lotion!
Eczema is a dry skin condition, meaning your baby needs that moisture replenished. The answer is lots and lots of moisturiser. Twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. However, you may like to apply moisturiser three times a day during a flare up. Applying moisturiser directly after a bath when bub’s skin is still moist is ideal for locking in vital moisture.
A natural baby moisturising cream that is either mildly scented or scent-free is great for eczema-prone skin. Look for natural ingredients with proven moisturising properties. For example, Aloe vera hydrates skin and is also a soothing anti-inflammatory, while sweet almond oil is an emollient which assists the skin barrier to retain moisture.
Invest in a Humidifier
Dry air and dust can all exacerbate eczema symptoms. Air conditioners are a part of modern life – we heat our houses when it’s cold and we cool them down when it gets hot. This is great for our comfort but terrible for the quality of the air in our homes!
A humidifier adds moisture back into the air which is excellent news for your baby’s skin. It can also help your baby breathe easier which can lead to a more restful sleep. Unlike old school vaporisers which left the walls wet with condensation, modern humidifiers offer cool or warm mist settings and filter out big particles in the air.
Dressing Your Bub
If your baby is very young and scratching at their eczema in their sleep, little cotton mittens can really help. As they grow older, it can be harder to keep those mittens on though! Try a sleepsuit or swaddle where the hands can be covered.
Clothes made with natural, breathable fibres like organic cotton tend to be less irritating for babies with eczema. Avoid polyester and wool if possible. We know how tempting it is to rug up our little ones. However, too many layers can cause your bub to overheat and sweat which further dries out the skin.
Next Steps For Treating Baby Eczema
We’ve given you ideas for how to treat baby eczema naturally. But sometimes an eczema flare up can be particularly stubborn. Don’t let your little one suffer. Head to your GP or paediatrician for a thorough check-up. Baby eczema can be a frustrating and upsetting business – but there is a management plan that can bring relief to your precious little person.
For further resources, we recommend visiting the Eczema Association of Australasia website.
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