Eczema is a common problem among people of all ages, but baby eczema can be especially challenging. Seeing a red, irritated rash spreading over your little one’s skin can be alarming, but it’s important to remember that there are a number of effective treatments that help relieve symptoms.
Consider these parenting tips for eczema to greatly improve the quality of life for everyone in the family.
Skin Care is Key
Skincare is one of the most important tips for eczema. The right skincare routine can relieve current symptoms and also help prevent future flare-ups.
The first step in any effective eczema skincare routine is a bath. Give your baby a bath every day for a maximum of 15 minutes in warm water. Because many soaps, cleansers, and other products are too harsh for sensitive young skin, be sure to use a gentle eczema shampoo for babies, like Happy Cappy Daily Shampoo & Body Wash. Completely rinse away all the suds and then gently dry your baby with a soft towel in a patting motion.
It’s important to always follow a bath with moisturizing. Apply a thick moisturizing cream immediately after bath time to help lock in moisture and protect the skin from irritants. We suggest Happy Cappy Moisturizing Cream which is infused with Glycerin and Licorice Root Extract to soothe and smooth affected skin. Moisturizing creams are often referred to as emollients. Using an emollient at least twice per day is very important to keep the skin moist and restore and protect the skin barrier.
Get Some Sleep
Parents of young babies rarely get enough sleep, but parents of babies with eczema are often much more sleep-deprived, as their young ones wake up frequently because of discomfort.
One way to ensure less nighttime distress is to keep your baby cool, as heat can aggravate an eczema flare-up. Use a fan or air conditioning to keep the temperature in the baby’s room cool, but be careful you don’t take it too far as extreme cold can also cause a flare-up.
A humidifier can also help keep the air in your baby’s room moist to prevent further aggravation.
It’s very likely that your baby will wake up in the middle of the night because of scratching or other eczema symptoms. Try re-starting the bedtime routine to signal to baby that it’s time to go back to bed. Give them a wipe down with a cool cloth, apply another layer of moisturizer, and put them in a fresh set of pajamas. This can help comfort your baby and prepare them to get back to sleep.
Some children may actually need an antihistamine to help stop the itching so they can get a good night’s sleep. If this is the case you should speak to your health care provider so they can help manage this very important aspect of eczema care. Night-time itching can lead to a reduction in quality of life for children and their parents.
Avoid Harsh Products
Many household products like soaps, dryer sheets, laundry detergents, and even cleaning supplies can be too harsh on sensitive young skin. This is especially true of skincare products.
Choose a gentle, fragrance-free baby eczema shampoo, body wash, and moisturizer. Read the back of every label to make sure that the product you buy is free of harsh chemicals, fragrances, dyes, and other irritants. Fragrance-free, sulfate-free, parabens free moisturizing creams for eczema are extremely helpful.
Focus on Self-Care
Caring for a baby with eczema can be stressful. The emotional and physical drain can leave you worn out with nothing more to give. That’s why it’s important to take some time to care for yourself, too. Make sure you get as much rest as you can, don’t forget to eat, and, if possible, set aside a few moments for yourself.