While the majority of babies won’t ever deal with it about 20% of babies will develop baby eczema. Some will be lucky enough to out grow it, but others will be dealing with it for years to come.
Tips for Dealing with Baby Eczema
When preparing for a baby you often think about the things you will have to deal with. You think about teething pain, and about how to care for a sick baby, and probably even bad diaper rash. Most people don’t usually think about baby eczema though.
I know that wasn’t a thought that I had before my son was diagnosed with it. Even though I battle eczema myself I hadn’t thought about Nick having to deal with painful dry skin early on in his life.
Baby eczema is a common issue that effects many youngsters. Some will out grow it while others will deal with it for years to come. The severity of it varies from person to person. Some little ones will have a hard time handling it while others won’t care too much (although the look of it may still bother you!). Nick had really bad baby eczema, and he still battles it as a toddler. This isn’t too surprising since I deal with it myself, and eczema is very common for kids that have food allergies. In fact fairly recent research shows that eczema may cause food allergies. Eczema certainly is no fun, but I’ve got some tips for dealing with baby eczema.
1. Keep a Diary
One thing that many people don’t know is that many different things can trigger eczema. Eating certain foods is a big one, but external problems like stress can do it to. If your little one is dealing with baby eczema it’s a good idea to keep a diary to see if you can notice anything that causes it. If you are able to pin point something it’s best to avoid it as much as possible. It’s important to note though that not everyone will be able to figure out a cause. It might be multiple things, or it may be something as simple as the skin getting too dry because of winter weather.
One of the most important things you can do to help baby eczema is to keep the skin moist, and for that you need a good moisturizer. I recommend Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream. This has been a miracle worker when it comes to Nick’s eczema, and his doctors have all been very happy when I told them that it is the product we use. I always use this right after Nick’s bath (Tip: make sure you are moisturizing your little one’s skin within three minutes of them getting out of the bathtub). When his eczema is really bad I also put this on the rough patches before dressing him for the day.
3. Add More Moisture
Dry weather can cause the skin to dry up which in turn makes eczema even worse. One way to help this is to get a cool air humidifier for your little one’s room. We have had the Crane Adorable Ultrasonic Humidifier in Nick’s room for a few years now. It looks like a puppy and is simply adorable (hence the name right?). Nick loves it. I also have a humidifier in my room that stays on around the clock during the winter. You want to keep your house as moist as you can.
If you notice that your little one’s skin is still dry than you may want to make sure that you give them a bath every day. I had heard otherwise in the past, but Nick’s allergist told us this actually helps keep the skin moist. The trick is that you don’t want to use water that is too hot or cold. A good warm temperature is what you want.
If moisturizing the skin isn’t enough to get the baby eczema under control than you may want to think about putting a medicated steroid cream on it. I have a prescription cream, and Nick was prescribed one as well, but we have found that Cortizone-10 Max Strength is enough for helping Nick’s eczema though. I only use the medication when the eczema is looking really bad. Put the medicine on the baby eczema before you put on the moisturizer. I would suggest using it both at night and in the morning until the eczema is under control. It’s best to talk to your doctor before using a steroid medication on your baby’s skin.
5. Don’t Let Baby Scratch
One thing to know about eczema is that it is very itchy. Your little one will likely want to scratch it, and I think we all know what damage those baby nails can do. If the eczema is scratched too much it can open up, and if dirt and stuff gets in than it could become infected. The best thing to do is to cover the eczema up with clothes so you little one can’t scratch.
6. See Doctor about Baby Eczema
In the end you may find that your little one’s baby eczema is more than you can control. If that’s the case than you likely will want to take them to the doctor. Your child’s doctor can give you a stronger steroid cream than what you can buy over the counter, and they may have some other suggestions that could help your little one.
Do you have any tips for dealing with baby eczema?