Eczema is never fun, but there are certainly better and worse places for a flare-up to occur. Your child’s arms and legs? Bearable, and relatively easy to treat. Their eyelids fall solidly into the “worse” category.

Not only is the itchy, dry, cracking skin difficult to manage in such a sensitive area, but treatment risks medicine in the eye and the discomfort that can bring. Eyelid dermatitis isn’t common, but that’s no consolation if you’re suffering from it. We feel your child’s pain (and yours), and we can help!

But before you start any treatment option, it’s important to determine the cause of your child’s eyelid eczema. Look for allergens that could be coming into contact with their eyes. These may indicate contact dermatitis, and removing the allergens could clear the problem.

However, if your child has a history of eczema, particularly on their face or neck, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with the atopic variety. In this case, a quality baby eczema cream applied two or three times a day will help protect the skin’s damaged moisture barrier, allowing it to stay healthy while blocking germs. More about later. First, we should talk a bit about what NOT to do.

Eyelid Eczema Treatments to Avoid

Prevention is the best medicine. Your baby or child likely has specific triggers that increase the chances for an eczema flare-up. You can avoid having to treat eyelid eczema altogether if you can steer clear of triggering conditions.

Of course, that’s not always possible, and sometimes a flare-up will happen just because your baby’s skin decides to be a jerk. For atopic dermatitis on other parts of the body, doctors commonly prescribe topical corticosteroids. These reduce inflammation and calm overactive immune responses.

These aren’t a good option for the eyes, however. The compounds have a tendency to thin the eyelids and the skin surrounding them. If eczema cream isn’t enough to control the problem (and it often is), your doctor should closely monitor the situation and allow only short-term corticosteroid use.

Choose a Hypoallergenic Eczema Cream for Sensitive Skin

Your child’s skin is sensitive in general, and their eyelids are doubly so. To reduce the chances of further irritation, choose a baby eczema cream that’s free of dyes, phthalates, paraben, and artificial fragrances and colors.

Bath time can further dry out the skin, so be sure to get rid of harsh soaps and switch to a body wash for eczema that’s dermatologist-tested to relieve dry, itchy, irritated, and sensitive skin. Pairing a safe, moisturizing baby body wash and shampoo with a hypoallergenic eczema cream is a one-two punch that can knock out your child’s eyelid eczema and get them back to their happy, comfortable selves.

It’s worth noting that these products are great for adults that suffer from eczema if their skin is particularly sensitive. Creams and soaps that contain harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances can irritate the skin for some people, worsening dermatitis issues instead of healing them. Baby eczema creams are safe and effective for the whole family.