It’s stressful enough seeing your own skin flare up from eczema, becoming itchy, red and sore, let alone seeing the same symptoms plague your baby. You might ask yourself “What is the best treatment for baby eczema?“.
Well, depending on the cause of eczema, different people respond to different treatments of it. There are a number of beneficial and practical steps you can take to combat your baby’s eczema as well as nutritional steps, which can be found here.
The 6 steps below outline the most practical, at-home steps you can take to help care for your baby’s skin.
1. Use gentle products
A lot of products contain synthetic chemicals that can aggravate eczema and cause other unwanted side effects. Try to use the gentlest products for your baby’s skin. Natural and organic products are the safest bet. Check Kokopax for baby products that are eczema friendly.
Some products include ingredients specifically designed to soothe eczema, like aloe vera and coconut oil. Massaging these ingredients onto your little ones skin each night before bedtime can help sooth irritation.
2. Use a sleep suit
Lots of babies with eczema scratch themselves during the day to try and get some relief, which can turn into a habit whilst they are sleeping. Using a sleep suit with mittens incorporated into it can be a comfortable way to deter damage from scratching during the night.
However, these suits can get quite warm, so perhaps use this in the winter to make sure your baby doesn’t get too hot in the warmer months!
3. Don’t over bathe!
We want to keep our baby’s skin as clean as possible, but the key to this isn’t to bathe them at every opportunity. Our skin produces natural oils and substances on its own and the beneficial effects aren’t felt if a baby’s skin is washed too often (especially with synthetic soaps!).
If you bathe your baby once a day or more, try cutting back a little, having a water-only bath or only using products and soaps every other day.
4. Oatmeal baths
Whilst we’re on the subject of bath time, next time you have a water-only bath, try adding organic oats to the water. Oatmeal is very soothing as it is an anti-inflammatory and can be an effective tool against eczema.
You could also try mixing some oats and warm water and applying as a paste to your baby’s skin and wash it off 10-15 minutes later.
5. Breastfeeding and coconut oil
Research has shown that breastfed babies are less likely to develop eczema. If this is not an option for you, however, don’t fret! One of the wonderful components of breast milk is the lauric acid, which is also found in coconut oil.
Incorporating organic, virgin coconut oil into your routine could help make a difference. Once your baby is old enough (remember to consult a dietitian or doctor!) incorporate coconut oil into their diet.
A simple way of doing this would be to apply a small amount to the top of your baby’s bottle before a feed in order for your child to reap the benefits.
6. DIY topical treatments
After bath time or before bed, be sure to moisturize your baby’s skin with natural, organic products or with ingredients you already have in your home!
Using organic, virgin coconut oil is a great way to keep your baby’s skin moisturized and coconut oil acts as an anti-inflammatory, which is perfect for itchy, irritated skin. If your baby’s skin isn’t too sensitive to the touch, spend some time massaging the oil in, which will help circulation.
With the help of new research improving our knowledge of how to treat and handle eczema, treating your baby’s eczema is now something that can be explored at home and should help provide relief (just make sure you consult with your dietitian/doctor before changing your baby’s diet!).
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