Eczema in babies is very popular. Understanding the knowledge of treating eczema, will give you a head start to help you manage and control your babies symptoms.
Firstly what is eczema in babies?
The clinical term for eczema in babies, children or adults is Atopic Dermatitis. It is a chronic type of inflammation of the skin, which results in either red / purple / pink / grey / brown, itchy, swollen and cracked skin. In some severe cases weeping or bleeding can occur, or a clear fluid (which often thickens over time), may come from the affected area.
When does it occur?
Though Atopic dermatitis / eczema can occur at any time and affect both males and females, it is typically more common among babies and children. The severity of the condition can change over years.
Where does eczema in babies appear?
In children under the age of one years old, much of the body is affected. However, it often affects hands, inside of the elbow, back of the knees, face and scalp. As children age, the areas on the elbows, and inside of the knees are most commonly affected.
Atopic Eczema may only appear on small patches on the skin, whilst some may experience inflammation widespread on the whole body. Inflamed skin tends to become redder on lighter skin and darker brown, grey and purple on darker skin.
Many people with eczema, go on to develop Hay Fever or Asthma.
Classed as a long-term illness, the improve significantly, and sometimes if treated early enough with the correct ingredients, even clears completely.
Symptoms of eczema in babies
Some of the symptoms of eczema in babies (Atopic Dermatitis) are:
• Itchy skin
• Dry skin
• Sore skin
• Cracked skin
• Weeping skin
• Bleeding skin
People with atopic eczema, tend to have periods when symptoms are less noticeable as well as (flare ups), when symptoms become more severe.
How and why does eczema in babies happen?
The exact cause of Atopic eczema is not known. It is believed to involve immune system dysfunctions, genetics, difficulties with the skin to allow liquids to pass through it, and environmental exposures. However, the symptoms of it, often have certain triggers, such as; stress, ‘certain foods such as dairy,’ the weather, sweating, perfumes, chlorine, dust, cigarette smoke and wool clothing.
Those who live in cities and dry climates are more commonly affected. Exposure to certain chemicals, e.g. alcohol in antibacterial gel or frequent hand washing make symptoms worse.
It is safe to say that Covid-19 and the extra cleansing of hands has regretfully not helped eczema sufferers.
The No 1. Key factor as a parent / guardian treating a child with eczema
The key factor for parents of babies with eczema is to know what triggers them and eliminate it completely (if possible) from their lives.
TIP 1: Don’t scratch your eczema
While scratching can temporarily relieve the itchiness related to eczema, it only makes things worse. Scratching the eczema also makes the victim more susceptible to various skin infections. That is because your nails can damage the protective skin barrier. Its job is to maintain moisture levels in the skin and protects it against irritants.
Babies really don’t understand the damage they are doing to their skin as much as we want them to. Remember, they are victims suffering from the itchiness associated with eczema. Keep their nails short, and put them in scratch mitts.
TIP 2: Wear cotton
Avoid scratchy fabrics such as wool. Instead opt for breathable cotton.
TIP 3: Opt for short lukewarm baths/showers
Bath time is a really important part of the day. Especially if it’s part of a night time routine. However, try and limit the time to max 10 minutes. Pat them dry and apply your chosen topical medication or moisturiser to the offending area. Applying it to slightly damp skin helps lick in the moisture.
We recommend using Eden to Eden’s Soft Oat Baby Cream, it is a 100% Natural alternative to other chemically laid products out there. The chosen ingredients in this formulation have scientifically proved to help dry skin and soothing dry skin can help to heal eczema flare ups.
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TIP 4: Avoid harsh soaps
These will further strip your skin of natural moisturising factors. Use gentle cleansers instead. Eden to Eden’s Bath & Bubble Time is perfectly formulated for sensitive skin and is the PERFECT companion in combating eczema the natural way with the Soft Oat Baby Cream. Click HERE
TIP 5: Control your environment
Allergens such as dust may trigger eczema in babies in some cases. Be sure to vacuum and air out rooms regularly to minimise or prevent accumulation. In some cases, invest in a humidifier, especially if the air at home is particularly dry.
What should I do now?
The information I have given, is not in any way a replacement of medical health advice, so people should always speak to their doctor. Sometimes, because of scratching, the area may get infected in which case a doctor might prescribe oral or topical.
Eden to Eden Soft Oat Baby Cream combats eczema the natural way. It’s nutritiously and specially packed formula makes it a favourite for eczema in babies, therefore, helps preserve the texture of baby’s delicate skin and gentle enough for everyday use. Additiomnally It is also an excellent cream for dry skin conditions such as psoriasis etc.
What our Eden to Eden customer has to say:
My daughter was around 2 months old when I noticed her skin would get extremely dry, and as she got older it only got worse. At first, I went to the doctor and was prescribed various treatments that didn’t actually work. I then tried several well-known products but with no success. A friend introduced me to Eden to Eden and I tried it, more out of desperation. I have been using two products from Eden to Eden’s baby range, the Bath & Bubble Time and Soft Oat Baby Cream. These products have been an absolute LIFESAVER. My daughter’s skin has completely changed, no more dry itchy skin. She is now 3 years old and I still use them. As soon as the weather changes and eczema rears its ugly head again, I immediately reach for my products and it disappears straight away.
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