Posted on June 16 2016
Baby Eczema is not only common, it’s also very treatable, and many infants outgrow it. A small number of kids will have eczema into adulthood. Remissions do happen and can last for years, though the tendency to have dry skin often lingers.
What is Best For Baby Eczema Treatment?
Many doctors would prescribe cortisone based products. We believe in a more natural and holistic approach and would recommend first to try a different bathing option and explore some diet changes (removing gluten from the diet). A natural ingredient which is known for treatment of baby eczema is Colloidal Oat (at 1% or more). If such changes do not help, then see your doctor.
Some Tips For Treatment of Baby Eczema:
- Regularly cut your baby's nails short to avoid scratching.
- Use mild, sulfate free, gentle cleansers and laundry soaps. Perfumed, deodorant, and anti-bacterial soaps can be rough on a baby’s sensitive skin.
- Bathe your baby for no more than 10 minutes in warm water. Hot water can strip skin of its natural, protective oils.
- To minimize the irritation of clothing rubbing on the skin, dress your baby in loose clothes made of cotton. Always wash new clothes before putting them on your baby.
- Pat your baby’s skin dry; don’t rub.
- Avoid products with synthetic fragrance. These contain many allergens to the skin.
- Prefer products that are free of high allergy nuts and dairy. They can cause allergic reactions.
- Use 100% cotton clothing
- Avoid Mineral Oil
- Try to use natural or gentle detergents and avoid fabric softeners
- Products that contain at least 1% Colloidal Oat.
Your baby may have gluten, dairy or nut sensitivity so you should speak to your doctor about trying to eliminate them (even if breast feeding). Also, eradicate seafood from breast feeding.
Natural Remedies for Eczema
Taking care of your baby’s skin is the first step to managing infant eczema, especially when the condition is mild. Try:
- Moisturizers. A moisturizer containing colloidal oatmeal is the best eczema treatment option.
- Other natural emmolients like beeswax, shea butter and calendula are very soothing.
- Anti-inflammatory ingredients like rosemary, tea tree and lavender are effective.
- Otherwise, a good moisturizer, fragrance-free cream, or ointment (avoid petroleum jelly) when used several times daily, will help your baby’s skin retain its natural moisture. Apply immediately after a bath.
- A lukewarm bath. This helps hydrate and cool the skin, and may lessen itching. Try a soothing diaper cream with zinc oxide to soothe itchy skin.
What About Scratching?
One of the keys to treating infant eczema is to prevent your baby from scratching. Scratching can make the rash worse, lead to infection, and cause the irritated skin to get thicker and more leathery.
Be sure your baby’s nails are trimmed often, and then take the edge off of them with a file if you can. Some parents also slip “scratch mittens” onto their little one’s hands. Others try long socks, tucked in under a long-sleeved shirt, so they’re harder for a baby to remove.