February 28, 2015

Solutions for Baby Eczema Treatment

Did you know that eczema is more common in infants or babies than in adults?

Yes, your little one can get eczema if you don’t take measures to protect him or her from it. Eczema in infants is also called atopic dermatitis, and its symptoms include dry or scaly skin, red blisters, and even swollen, or bleeding, skin.

The only good thing about eczema in babies is that it is highly treatable, and could easily go away.

If your baby has eczema, how do you treat it? What are some common baby eczema treatment options to help ease his itching and suffering?

How to Treat Eczema in Children and Babies

Before you proceed to treat atopic dermatitis, you need to take note of some of its triggers first. Although the science is not 100% sure of the real causes of this skin condition, eczema in children and babies may be caused by various factors:

  • Genetic: If parents or relatives have it.
  • Environmental factors, such as low humidity.
  • The use of uncomfortable clothing made from materials like scratchy wool can also irritate your baby, and be a factor in acquiring eczema.
  • Allergic reactions from perfumes, body hygiene products, and even some foods may also cause this skin condition.

Here are some of the most effective ways to treat your baby's eczema, prevent flare-ups or even to avoid getting it in the first place:

1

KEEP YOUR BABY'S SKIN PROPERLY MOISTURIZED

Use lukewarm water when bathing your baby, which is the ideal temperature for avoiding skin dryness. After bathing, you may apply a thick layer of mild and fragrance-free moisturizers to keep your baby’s skin soft and supple. Continue applying the moisturizer throughout the day to obtain best results.

2

AVOID "OVER CLEANING" YOUR BABY

Excessive bathing, or cleaning of your baby, can have as many damaging effects as not doing enough of it in the first place. The trick is to just wash your baby’s genitals, hands, and feet with water, and just rinse the rest of the body if your baby is not that dirty anyway. 

3

MAKE SURE YOUR BABY WEARS COTTON [IF POSSIBLE ORGANIC] CLOTHING

Cotton clothing is considered one of the most comfortable kinds of clothing available nowadays. It is thus advisable to choose loose clothes made of cotton, ideally organic cotton, for your babies, instead of making them wear tight, itchy, and uncomfortable materials.

4

FEED YOUR BABY NUTRITIOUS AND FRESH FOOD

Malnutrition is also one of the factors of eczema. An unhealthy body or immune system is unable to fight eczema bacteria. Thus, you need to feed your baby the right foods he or she needs everyday. Avoid giving your baby artificial, and junk, foods.

If you're still breast feeding pay attention to what you put into your mouth. Don't forget anything you eat goes into his little body via your milk.

5

KEEP YOUR LITTLE ONE STRESS FREE

They get stressed when they are in uncomfortable situations, and when they are anxious or irritated, they tend to have flushes which can be a cause of eczema too. Make sure your baby is always comfortable and stress-free by attending to his or her needs immediately.

Stress-reducing therapies such as massage could be useful to alleviate the distress.  ​

6

KEEP YOUR CHILD'S FINGERNAILS SHORT

As we all know fingernails

7

MAKE SURE THAT THEY DO NOT BECOME OVERHEATED

Do not over cover your baby at night. His body needs to breath and should not sweat. If he's prone to eczema even if he doesn't have it yet, his skin would be very sensitive to heat, sweat, and any changes in body and surface temperature.

8

SOME HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS MAY EASE THE SYMPTOMS

Herbs and supplements can not be closely regulated by FDA therefore can easily have harmful effects on a very young body. Make sure not to give  any herbs or supplements to your child before consulting the health care provider first.

9

CONSULT YOUR PEDIATRICIAN OR DERMATOLOGIST BEFORE USING ANY TOPICAL TREATMENTS

Before you apply any cream, ointment, or solution to your baby’s eczema, make sure that it is prescribed by a medical specialist first. Don’t put your trust in non-experts who claim that they have the ideal baby eczema cure. It is always best to consult medical professionals.

Corticosteroids of various strengths may be used in children with atopic dermatitis, depending on the severity of the condition. ​ But be mindful that potent corticosteroids can suppress growth in children. Do not ever use any cream that is not approved by FDA. Discuss all the details and amount as well as the duration of application with care provider before you apply anything on your child skin.

Some studies show that soaking the child in a diluted bleach bath could be beneficial especially if the eczema is associated with infection​. You should consult a dermatologist or other health care provider first to see if bleach baths are appropriate for your child's condition.

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