People of all ages deal with the itching and irritation of eczema. Often, the symptoms show up in the first twelve months of life. If your baby has eczema, you’d probably do anything to help them feel better. Fortunately, there are some simple tips you can follow to give your baby some relief.
- Remove allergens
Eczema is often triggered by allergens. The damage eczema does to the skin barrier then makes the skin even more reactive. To break this cycle, it’s important to keep these things away from baby’s skin and give it a chance to heal. It may help to keep your baby from sitting directly on carpet, which often has dust mites. If the pollen count is high, consider closing windows and running the air conditioner to keep pollen out of the house.
- Avoid fragrances
Scented products are irritating to delicate skin, which can worsen eczema. Avoid perfumes in soap and lotions. Laundry products should be fragrance-free.
- Prevent irritation
Itchy fabrics such as wool should be avoided. Opt for 100% cotton, and be sure to wash clothes before your baby wears them. Food left on the skin too long can be irritating, so be sure to wipe up after every meal. Even getting overheated can cause eczema to flare up, so don’t bundle your baby up too warmly.
- Don’t bathe your baby too often
People assume babies need to be bathed every day, but it’s just not true. Frequent baths can dry out the skin, so keep bath time to two or three times a week. Since soap is drying, you can skip it, especially for young babies.
- Add moisturiser
Frequent use of a good moisturiser is important. Use one that is made especially for eczema as regular lotions can have ingredients that cause irritation. You can also add moisture to the air with a humidifier.
- Keep fingernails short
Scratching skin that has eczema increases the irritation, making the itching worse. Keep your baby’s nails trimmed close.
- Avoid contact with pets
Not only can dogs and cats cause allergic reactions, but they can carry allergens like dust and pollen on their hair.
Eczema can be frustrating to deal with, but with a little extra care for your baby’s tender skin, you can see some improvement that will make you both feel better. Hope’s Relief specialises in products made from 100% natural ingredients, which specifically tackle the symptoms of eczema for babies skin. Take a look at our product range and see how we can help you help your baby.