If your baby is suffering from eczema, you may have an idea of how uncomfortable their itchy and dry skin can be. Since eczema usually relates to sensitive skin, treating it can be a bit of a challenge. Of course, all cases are different, so it’s helpful to talk to a pediatrician for expert medical advice. Thankfully there are quite a few home remedies for baby eczema that you can try.
Moisturize: Keeping baby’s skin well moisturized is a great first step in any eczema treatment. It’s helpful to use a natural aloe Vera lotion several times a day, especially after bathing your baby. Reapply as often as needed to keep your baby’s skin from drying out. Avoid any harsh cleansers and make sure the little one is getting plenty to drink so that he/she is hydrated from the inside out as well.
Breastfeeding: It’s important for your baby to stay hydrated to avoid dry and itchy skin. In fact, breastfeeding your baby has been show to reduce the risk of atopic eczema. Incidentally a recent 2017 study found that there was a 54% reduction in eczema in breastfed babies. If breastfeeding is an option for you, this may help your baby’s skin.
Oatmeal Bath: An oatmeal bath can be very soothing when your baby’s skin is feeling itchy. You can draw an oatmeal bath on your own by pouring two cups of ground oats under warm running water and stirring. For 10-15 minutes, soak in the oatmeal bath and rinse with clean water. Make sure gently dry off with a soft towel. Another option is to use Aveeno’s highly rated Eczema Therapy Bath Treatment.
Natural Ingredients: It’s helpful to avoid any harsh ingredients when using a skincare treatment for your baby. It’s important to avoid skincare products that include preservatives since these have been known to cause inflammation. Natural preservatives are okay (assuming your baby isn’t allergic) like neem oil or rosemary extract. Also try to avoid fragrances in your baby’s skin treatment. Synthetic fragrances can cause skin irritation. Natural “fragrances” or scents can be okay; typically these are in the form of essential oils.
Bedding: It’s helpful to stick to organic cotton linens. Make sure to wash your baby’s bedding on a regular basis and stick to laundry soap with natural ingredients. Applying your baby’s usual skincare treatment before tucking him/her in bed can help contribute to a more soothing sleep.
We understand the pain you might feel for your baby. We hope these remedies can help alleviate the eczema or at least help eliminate possible sources that could be causing the skin irritation. Please note, this article is provided for informational purposes only. Please consult your baby’s pediatrician for medical advice on dealing with your baby’s eczema.