Eczema in babies. 

What is eczema in babies? 

The clinical term for eczema is Atopic Dermatitis. It is a chronic type of inflammation of the skin. It results in red/purple/pink/grey/brown, itchy, swollen, and cracked skin. In some severe cases it can also cause weeping or bleeding. Clear fluid, which often thickens over time, may come from the affected area. 

When does eczema start and who does it affect? 

While Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema can occur at any time, it typically appears and is more common among babies and children, and it can change in severity over the years. It affects both males and females alike.  

Where does eczema in babies appear? 

In children under the age of one years old, much of the body may be affected. Atopic eczema can affect any part of the body. However, it most 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. Many people with eczema, go on to develop Hay Fever or Asthma. 

Although eczema is classed as a long-term illness, it can improve significantly, and sometimes if treated early enough with the correct ingredients, even clear completely. 

The inflamed skin tends to become redder on lighter skin and darker brown, grey and purple on darker skin. 

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 

Atopic Eczema may only appear on small patches on the skin, whilst some may experience inflammation widespread on the whole body. 

The inflamed skin tends to become redder on lighter skin and darker brown, grey and purple on darker skin. 

Why is eczema in babies a problem? 

However big or small it manifests, it is a massive problem, that can shake one’s entire being to the core. Eczema in babies is something that can have major consequences such as;  

  • Confidence issues 
  • Physical issues and  
  • Mental problems. 

The world that we live in is now obsessed with our appearance, and the rise of social media has opened a way for more judgements. It’s hard enough with the many differences we have as humans, without also having to deal with the debilitating effects that eczema can have. 

People with atopic eczema, tend to have periods when symptoms are less noticeable as well as (flare ups), when symptoms become more severe. 

What is the main thing I should do as a parent? The No 1. Key factor 

The key factor for parents of babies with eczema is to know what triggers them and eliminate it completely (if possible) from their lives.  

There can be a lot of offending factors, such as; stress, ‘certain foods such as diary’, the weather, sweating, perfumes, chlorine, dust, cigarette smoke and wool clothing. 

5 Tips for dealing with Atopic eczema in babies 

  • 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. 

  • Wear cotton 

Avoid scratchy fabrics such as wool. Instead opt for breathable cotton. 

  • 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 10minutes. 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.  

The testimonials that I get from parents are phenomenal, they are so happy to no longer see their baby/child suffer with the debilitating condition, because of their experience with victory over eczema/sensitive skin. 
You can find it HERE 

  • 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 

It is also so effective that although in the Baby Range, adults with sensitive skin issues use it and love it. 

  • 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. 

How and why does eczema in babies happen? 

The exact cause of atopic eczema is not known, but is believed to involve immune system disfunctions, 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 dairy, soaps, washing powder, stress, the weather.  

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.  

Here is a note from one of Eden to Eden’s Customers: 

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. 

Kameisha 

Eczema no more!!

Can eczema be caught by others in close proximity? 

It is very important to understand that Atopic Eczema is NOT contagious. 

If a bacterial infection develops, then there may a need for oral or topical antibiotics. Other diseases that must be excluded before a diagnosis is made include contact dermatitis, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, so, be sure to check in with a doctor. 

What should I do now? 

This is not in any way in 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 Combats Atopic Eczema in babies the Natural Way.  

If this sounds like something that appeals to you, or you are sick of products that don’t actually work, or you don’t want any chemicals touching your babies’ sensitive skin…then don’t hesitate, and treat your baby to Perfectly Pure, 100% Natural skincare

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