Eczema usually appears as small bumpy patches of skin that can turn pink or red and even blister. (Ouch!) A version of extremely dry skin, eczema is itchy and uncomfortable. Although not classified as an allergy, eczema can be caused by common allergans in the environment including: food, chemicals that come in contact with your child through clothing, soaps, detergents, and changes in the weather. There are simple steps that can help alleviate your baby’s discomfort or eliminate eczema symptoms.
- Check the temperature of the bath water. The warmer the water, the more drying.
- Switch to mild, fragrance free soaps and shampoos, or those made for sensitive skin. Little Twig is a great choice – I’ve seen it clear up baby skin overnight.
- Wash your baby at the end of the bath so they are not sitting in soapy water. Follow up with a moisturizer made for sensitive skin.
- Dress your baby in breathable cotton clothing and cloth diapers.
- Use a mild, fragrance-free, natural detergent for washing baby’s clothing. Do not use fabric softeners.
- Use the softest organic sheets you can find in the crib. Rough sheets can irritate dry skin even more.
- Regulate your child’s body temperature and do not allow them to get too hot or too cold. Quick changes in temperature could result in a flare-up of eczema.
If none of these tips work then you can try to rule out food-based allergans, either through table food or breast milk. The most common allergans are cow’s milk and eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts and fish. If your baby is formula fed then you can try switching to soy-based formula. As always, ask your pediatrician first!
*This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday over at We Are That Family.*