When your little one gets affected by the irritating skin problem called eczema, treatment becomes very essential. Here is an article about the same and the precautions to be taken so that it doesn’t get worse.
Eczema is a common skin problem among infants of 2 – 6 months of age, where their skin becomes very dry, itchy, and sensitive. This may affect the entire skin or some specific areas of their skin. It affects the face, upper chest area, scalp, and neck. The baby’s skin might further develop blisters filled with pus. Though the causes of this condition are not clear, the rash can be aggravated due to the moisture from drool, eating certain foods, heat, soaps, detergents, changes in temperature, wool or scratchy fabric, dust, scratching skin, etc. Whatever may be the cause, it is important to know about the baby eczema treatment options. Enlisted below are a few remedies for alleviating the symptoms of this skin condition in infants.
Remedies for Eczema in Babies
☛ The first thing you must do is use pure cotton clothes and cloth diaper. Cloth diapers are more comfortable and best for the baby’s skin.
☛ Cotton bedding is most preferred as it will not aggravate the rash. Also, make sure your baby does not sweat.
☛ Keep away scented soaps, creams, and powders from your child. Instead, opt for mild, scent-free soap; talcum powder; herbal creams; and specially designed baby shampoos for your child. Also, the detergents used to wash your baby’s clothes must be mild and scent free.
☛ Moisturizing their skin with a natural moisturizer everyday is very essential, as their skin becomes dry due to this condition. Apply it at least twice a day.
☛ Keeping your baby’s skin clean is equally important to avoid any bacterial infection over the affected area, leading to pus-filled sores.
☛ Do not use hot water for the baby’s bath, as this will make the skin even more dry. Giving your baby chamomile tea, olive oil, neem oil, or sea salt bath is a good idea. It will help soothe their skin.
☛ Pet’s hair is known to be an irritant, so it is best to keep the pets away from your baby.
☛ Scratching can worsen the symptoms. So, babies suffering from this condition must have small nails, and cover them with socks before a nap so that they do not scratch the affected areas.
☛ It is good to cut down on the intake of cow’s milk, eggs, citrus fruits, wheat, soy, chocolates, fish, peanut, cheese, and yogurt from your baby’s diet. You can opt for goat’s dairy instead.
☛ Breast feeding is very much essential to build a strong immune system and overall health.
☛ Keep your house as clean as possible. This will help keep your baby away from dust mites, animal dander, etc., that your baby can be allergic to.
☛ It is essential to take your baby out in fresh air at least once a day. Using aloe vera is also a wise option. It helps soothe the skin.
One of the commonly used remedy is to use a wet dressing. Wrapping a damp towel after moisturizing the skin will help prevent itching and dryness. You can also use an antiseptic in the bath water to prevent bacterial growth on the skin. Along with the aforementioned treatment options, you must take your child to a doctor. He/she might prescribe topical or oral medications to control this skin disorder.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.