My one year old baby has eczema all over her body. Her skin is dry and it obviously itches. I have tried to moisturize it, but it doesn't really help. It almost looks more red when I do.
Any ideas on how to keep it under control?
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Dry Eczema Treatment In Babies
First of all, I think you should consult a doctor to make sure that the eczema is not due to some allergy, if you haven't already done that. For example, allergy to cow's milk can lead to rashes - although most often in combination with belly issues.
If you know it is an eczema related to dryness - quite common - then here are a few things you can do mitigate your baby's eczema:
Avoid all soap and shampoo. Babies really don't need that and they add a lot to making their skin dry.
Use a good moisturizing lotion on your baby's eczema at least three times per day or more. Either buy one that is made for babies (but it has to be for very dry skin) or ask at the pharmacy or the doctor. Some good brand are Eucerin and Lubriderm. A good, organic moisturizer with aloe vera, like this one on Amazon (though not a gel) can also be very efficient, but make sure it is for babies, or very mild. You should be aware that the eczema may very well look more red for a while when you start applying lotion, but that doesn't mean that the cream is not good for her, unless the eczema actually gets worse by it, of course.
If the eczema is really bad, it might be that you won't get rid of it without using a mild cortisone cream, like Hydrocortisone (the mildest you can find). If it was me, I would consult a doctor first, though, to make sure you use an ointment that is not too strong and also to get directions for how often to apply it.
Other things to remember are to completely avoid pool baths (with chlorine) and make all baths short (and with a dash of baby oil in the water).
Strong detergents, moist from saliva or sweat, wool and cigarette smoke should also be avoided.