Tips on dealing with eczema in babies and toddlers

Does your baby suffer with eczema? Although the exact cause is not known, it is quite often the case, the condition will tend to run in families. Childhood eczema tends to appear within the child’s first 5 years and in many cases from about 6 months old. Babies who suffer with eczema will usually have red and in some instances weepy patches on their cheeks, forehead and scalp. This changes as your child grows, for example, toddlers tend to have patches of eczema around the back of their knees, inside wrists, inside elbows and hands.

Flare ups happen when the skin becomes very dry leading it to become red and itchy. It can be exacerbated when your baby is drooling as the saliva coming into contact with the skin around your little ones neck, chin and cheeks can prove very irritating. Using bandana dribble bibs, will stop the wet soaking through to your babies skin. (Good job we have so many different designs to choose from!)

Bamboo bibs are also a really great choice for babies and young children who have very sensitive skin. The material is super absorbent and so soft it feels like cashmere! It has natural anti bacterial properties too, which is additionally important if your baby suffers from eczema.

Medical advice should be sought if your little one has severe eczema, if it is fairly mild, then a moisturising routine is essential. How about looking into a natural moisturiser, like coconut oil? Oatmeal baths are another alternative idea to think about, grind or blend the oats into a very fine powder and add to your little ones bath, let them soak in the bath for approximately 20 minutes.

If your little one is on solids, think about their diet as it could be they have an intolerance to certain foods, which increases the chance of a flare up. Some mums have noticed a marked improvement when the diet is altered. Don’t overheat your baby or toddler, choose lighter, breathable fabrics, like bamboo or cotton.

Eczema can be very itchy, if you find your baby is scratching a lot, you could consider using scratch mittens to help protect the skin and minimise damage.

Have you any tips you can share? We would love to hear from you, especially if you have tried natural alternative treatments.

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