How can I get rid of my baby’s eczema? Can I?
Here are some well-documented home remedies to try. But if they don’t work, a doctor or dermatologist should be consulted.
I wonder how to get rid of my baby’s eczema?? 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 redder when I do.
Any ideas on how to keep it under control?
Easy Baby Life:
How To Get Rid Of Dry Eczema In Babies
First of all, I think you should consult a doctor to make sure that the eczema is not due to some food 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. Wheat allergy (not gluten intolerance) is another possibility.
If the eczema is related to dryness rather than allergy – quite common for babies – then here are a few things you can do to mitigate your baby’s eczema:
- Avoid all soap and shampoo. Babies really don’t need any soap, 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 brands are Eucerin and Lubriderm. .
- You should be aware that eczema may very well look redder for a while when you start applying lotion, but that doesn’t mean that the cream is not good for her, unless eczema actually gets worse by it, of course.
- If the eczema is bad, it might be that you won’t get rid of it without using mild cortisone cream, like Hydrocortisone (the mildest you can find). If it were me, I would consult a doctor first, though, to make sure I 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.
- If your daughter spends a lot of time inside, then a humidifier in the room where she sleeps may also help.
I hope this helps!
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Paula Dennholt founded Easy Baby Life in 2006 and has been a passionate parenting and pregnancy writer since then. Her parenting approach and writing is based on studies in cognitive-behavioral models and therapy for children and her experience as a mother and stepmother. Life as a parent has convinced her of how crucial it is to put relationships before rules. She strongly believes in positive parenting and a science-based approach.
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