Like all many types of eczema, we don’t know the exact cause. What we do know is that infants and toddlers who develop eczema do so because a combination of their genes and environmental factors. When something outside the body triggers the immune system, cells go into overdrive and cause the skin to flare up in the form of rashes, redness and intense itching. Lathering your baby with creams or chemicals or 5 natural ways to deal with your baby’s eczema? You choose.
1. Keep baby bath times to a minimum
Babies don’t need bathing every day and this is especially true for small children who suffer from eczema. Avoid the soap and bubble bath, keep the water temperature lukewarm and ensure it’s only a short dip so your baby’s tender skin doesn’t dry out.
2. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
As a preventative measure, a few times every day – and especially after a bath – slather a good quality hypoallergenic baby lotion onto your child’s skin to lock in the moisture. To cope with your baby’s eczema, you may need to do this several times a day.
3. Give your child a daily probiotic
Probiotics contain friendly, live bacteria and may assist in reducing the prevalence of eczema. Faulding Probiotics Eczema Support.
It contains six billion of the Howaru Rhamnosus strain, which will assist with supporting the child’s immune system and may also assist in reducing the prevalence of atopic eczema in infants and young children.
4. Watch the added sugars in your child’s diet.
This is a super hard one, I know. But I can’t stress the importance enough. Sugar is a very inflammatory substance and will exacerbate any inflammatory condition going on in the body—and eczema is one of them. Personally, if I have too much sugar (more than 10-15 grams of added sugar per day) my eczema on my hands will flare right up and itch like crazy.
5. Use A Humidifier
Dry air only makes dry skin (eczema) all the more dry. Moisten up your child’s bedroom air with a humidifier when they go to sleep at night.