Does your baby experience the itchiness and inflammation associated with baby eczema? While you may find temporary relief in a prescription medication, preventative measures, and natural alternatives are best for long-term management.
Here are some tips to help you prevent and treat future outbreaks.
- Simplify your baby’s skin care regimen. Have you eliminated unnecessary fragrances and chemicals from your baby’s skin care routine? The additives in baby lotions, body wash and sunscreens may be triggering allergic reactions and causing the eczema outbreaks. You may want to try bathing your baby without soap for 2-3 weeks to see if the condition improves. As you reintroduce soap, try out, fragrance-free, food-based soaps sparingly to make sure the new one does not cause a reaction. Baths should be in lukewarm water for brief periods of time. Adding a natural Body Wash to your baby’s bath can also help. It can also make toxin free bubbles for your little one’s to enjoy.
- Moisturise your baby’s skin regularly. If your baby has eczema, his skin does not retain moisture very well. This can result in dry patches, scaliness, red rashes on many parts of the body. Moisturising often with fragrance-free, simple ingredient lotions or massage oil can go a long way in the management of your baby’s eczema. You can try our organic natural Body Lotion or plain olive oil for daily use. Dr. Greene, author of Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care recommends treating eczema with a pure moisturising lotion at least twice a day. He says this can be as effective as some of the over the counter and prescribed cortisone creams. Our natural Body Lotion utilises the potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of Manuka Oil, together with the richness of Rosehip oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter making it perfect to soothe itchy, dry skin conditions.
- Do all you can to prevent your child from scratching. Keep your baby’s nails short and clean. Excessive scratching can cause more irritation and spread bacteria causing infection. Frequent moisturising should help soothe the itching sensation.
- Use clean and pure laundry detergent. You want it free of dyes, phosphates, chlorine, optical brighteners, fragrances and anything you can’t pronounce. You can try one of the green brands of detergent or opt for plain baking soda to launder your baby’s clothes. Making your own natural, toxic free, household cleaning products will help you move away from the questionable chemistry experiment that is too often found lurking in your household and cosmetic products that can be irritating your families skin. Click the link to read more.
- 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.
- Dress your baby in comfortable, natural fiber clothing. Organic cotton clothing is a great alternative to fleece and polyester. Wool can sometimes be the trigger, so you may want to avoid wool clothing, blankets, and carpet, to see if this resolves the problem. You will also want to avoid materials that make your baby sweat as this is another common trigger of baby eczema.
- Keep the air in your home moist and dust free. If you suspect your child may be allergic to dust mites, there are a number of steps you can take in the bedroom to minimise the exposure. While dust mites, mould and pollen in the air don’t specifically cause baby eczema, they can worsen a variety of skin conditions such as eczema. One of the keys to controlling eczema is minimising your child’s exposure to allergens that irritate them.
Assessing your baby’s environment, moisturising regularly and monitoring what touches your baby’s skin can help you provide the relief that makes you both feel better.
Manuka Biotic Body Lotion and Body Wash for Itchy, Dry Skin Conditions
Our skincare products also contain certified organic Manuka and Kanuka Essential Oils, known for their powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, which work to soothe itchy, dry skin.
Finding a product that works can be difficult for those with skin sensitivities, or with pre-existing conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Manuka Biotic® have formulated a natural Body Lotion and Body Wash; free from additives, parabens, and perfumes, that is ideal for moisturising and soothing your babies skin.
Our skincare range is perfect for relieving a sensitive itchy, dry skin conditions.
The Eczema Association of New Zealand: is a fantastic resource for those caring for those living with eczema, with a support helpline and excellent articles.