Caring for a Baby with Eczema
Eczema is a common condition in babies and young children, affecting 10-20% of kids, with an even greater prevalence in economically deprived areas. The good news is that with proper care, you can help your baby to manage the condition and be comfortable in their skin.
Signs of Eczema
Common signs of eczema include inflamed, itchy, scaly, dry and cracked skin. You may also see blisters, along with other changes in your baby’s skin.
Treating eczema in infants will depend on their individual symptoms, as well as their age and medical history. Some common treatments and tips for caring for a baby with eczema include:
- Moisturizing. Applying a moisturizer to the baby’s skin regularly helps keep it soft and supple. Lotions, creams, and ointments are all available.
- Bathing regularly. Regular baths with warm—not hot—water helps keep the skin clean and moisturized.
- Using gentle soaps. Harsh soaps or bubble baths can irritate a baby’s skin. Go for mild, non-scented soaps or hypoallergenic soaps.
- Avoiding triggers. Certain fabrics, laundry detergents, stress, and foods may trigger flare-ups. Keeping a log can help you identify triggers.
- Antihistamines. Oral or topical treatments containing corticosteroid, antihistamine, or other ingredients may be prescribed.
Living with eczema can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right care and attention, you can help your baby manage their condition and live more comfortably.