Eczema prone baby skin needs even more special attention as it is more sensitive and may become “rashy” if it gets too dry or irritated. As a parent, you notice how delicate and sensitive your baby’s skin can be. If your baby has eczema prone skin, we want to share a few tips on how to soothe your little one’s eczema-prone baby skin naturally and how to prevent any future baby eczema flares.

Is it Eczema?

Eczema is officially known as atopic dermatitis. A parent’s atopic history of eczema, hayfever, or asthma may increase a child’s risk of eczema. For much of the global population, eczema is rather common, affecting 10-20%. Now, don’t worry if your baby has mild eczema. Many babies can have mild cases of eczema that may just be temporary during infancy and toddler years. Eczema is a common skin condition that may have to be chronically managed over a lifetime, but it does not have to always flare.

If your baby has an ill-defined red or erythematous scaly rash that affects the facial cheeks and/or the extensor (outer) sides of the arms or legs, your baby may have eczema prone skin. Not all facial rashes on a baby is eczema. Learn more about Atopic Dermatitis here. Eczema changes as your baby grows older. Eczema moves to the antecubital and popliteal areas of the arms and legs during toddler years.

#5 Tips to Soothe Eczema Naturally

If you have determined that your baby has eczema prone baby skin, here are a few tips that you can do to manage it and prevent the number of eczema flare ups.

Tip #1: Minimise bath time!

Water actually dries out the skin by pulling out the skin’s natural moisture. We recommend keeping bath time to less than 5 minutes in a lukewarm bath, particularly during an eczema flare.

Tip #2: Moisturise and moisturise!

Using a product like our Body Lotion  helps to provide a protective barrier to keep baby’s skin hydrated and protected. Applying a moisturising Body Lotion right after bath time helps to seal in the skin’s natural moisture that can be lost during bath time.

Tip #3: Humidify the air.

Putting a humidifier in your baby’s room is a must during winter time if your baby has eczema prone baby skin. During the cold and dry winter months, the humidity in the air can drop to <5% humidity whereas the humidity may be more than 25-50% during the summer months. More humidity in the air draws less moisture out from your baby’s skin, and this can help to prevent an eczema flare up.

Tip #4: Use fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products.

This includes all bubble baths, body washes and body lotions that have fragrances in them. If it smells like bubble gum, it’s toxic, and should not be on your little one’s precious skin. If you are looking for a natural Body Wash, then try our natural, no nasties, Body Wash specially formulated with manuka oil making it naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which is perfect for soothing itchy skin conditions. Fragrance is one of the top contact allergens in the testing of allergic contact dermatitis, so avoid it! Fragrance is there for us adult parents- our babies don’t care what they smell like.

Tip #5: Monitor your baby’s food intake. 

The baby eczema outbreaks could be a reaction to foods your baby is getting directly or through breast-milk. Cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, fish, wheat, and soy are common culprits. Remove the foods all at once. If the condition improves within a couple of weeks, reintroduce them one at a time to identify the true culprit(s). If the baby drinks formula, switching to a hypoallergenic formula could resolve the problem. Dr. Ford, the worlds leading expert on Food Allergies and Food Intolerances and Eczema says food-triggered outbreaks can be outgrown over time.  Raised on Real Food, by Maryana Lishman, is another amazing resource, and heartfelt community when you are looking at the link between food and eczema.

Our Manuka Biotic Recommendations

Thick in texture and rich in emollients, the Manuka Biotic Body Lotion moisturises even the driest of skin, creates an effective barrier, reduces inflammation, and fights bacteria. Organic New Zealand Manuka Oil, known for its amazing healing powers, is combined with organic, tree, nut-free oils to create this gentle, nourishing manuka oil product that will not irritate the skin. Our Manuka Biotic Body Lotion is a surprisingly soft and creamy balm,  that’s excellent for healing open wounds and soothing irritated eczema skin.

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Read Our Manuka Mum’s Experiences

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Why Manuka Biotic®?

  1. We use the worlds only certified organic Manuka oil.
  2. All our products contain potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe and repair the skin.
  3. Our products are 100% New Zealand made.
  4. Our products are made using natural ingredients and are FREE from:
    • Parabens
    • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & SLES
    • PEGs, PABA, EDTA
    • Added fragrances & colouring
    • Petrochemicals
    • Mineral Oils
    • Phenoxyethanol
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Phthalates
    • Animal testing or animal derivatives

Manuka Biotic® is natural skincare for the whole family, giving you access to the potent power of Manuka Oil.

Please read the full ingredient list for any known irritants or allergies. We advise trying new products on a small patch of skin and waiting 24 hours to make sure there is no reaction. Any natural product on the market could contain an ingredient that won’t agree with your skin. You can read how to do this here.R

Hear directly from a few of our lovely Manuka Mum’s sharing their experiences of using our products on their little one’s Eczema. Click on the name below to see their story.

Want to know more?

There’s a lot you can do to relieve symptoms if your little one’s eczema gets worse.  Check out the following websites for further information and support groups on how you can treat and prevent the condition. Remember, your health provider will be able to treat you with assessing and treating your symptoms.

For further information talk to your doctor.

New ZealandEczema Association New Zealand This organisation has an excellent website, with great forums, blogs, education and a support line you can call to help improve the lives of those people living with dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and a variety of other skin conditions.
AustraliaEczema Association Australasia The leading professional organisation in Australasia providing support for people living with a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
United KingdomThe National Eczema Society Dedicated to the needs of people with eczema, dermatitis and sensitive skin, the organisation is an excellent source of support and information.

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