Eczema otherwise called atopic dermatitis is a skin rash which is common in babies below the age of 5 often appearing few months after birth. Often, it appears on the face and scalp and further spreads to the arms, legs and other parts of the baby’s body. Babies who suffer from this condition usually lack sufficient moisture for their skin. Their skin has less amount of loss allowing the skin barrier function to be compromised to some extent to allow viruses, dust mites, teething or fungi trigger eczema.
Symptoms of Baby Eczema
The presence of dry, thick rash which makes the skin scaly is an indicator of eczema.
The rash may have red bumps or may not and it can become infected if scratched in the case of older children.
Eczema can be itchy and if it is left untreated, it poses an ugly sight which can cause a social and psychological challenge for the child as he grows.
One thing of eczema is that it comes and goes and over time its frequency or intensity reduces and as a child grows, he might outgrow it but there is no telling if a child will outgrow eczema and when.
10 Simple Natural Remedies for Baby Eczema
- Use Moisturizer
The frequent use of non-perfumed moisturizer helps prevent dryness of their skin which would lead to eczema. Moisturize your baby’s skin after birth, feeding, and change of diapers.
- Use Coconut oil
Just like an adult, babies need essential oils and coconut oil is one of the essential oils which are handy for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. It is also very safe for sensitive skin.
Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat naturally and these saturated fats help treat and prevent eczema while moisturizing your baby skin and repairing the dermis by increasing the fat and mineral ratio.
Simply apply the coconut oil over the inflamed area or rashes or gently apply it to your baby skin daily.
- Use of soap
Use mild, non-fragrance soap in bathing your baby. Make use of fragrance-free, mild detergent for washing your baby’s clothes and bedding and anything that frequently comes in contact with his skin especially if you discover your baby’s eczema is a result of an allergy. Never use fabric softeners on your baby’s wears.
- Prevent Scratching with Oats
Using oats in your baby’s bathwater will ease the itching of your baby. Oats also prevents moisture loss due to the presence of gluten in the oat. Rich in antioxidants it prevents inflammation.
- Allow the Skin breathe
Since sweat and heat can make eczema worse, wear your baby cotton and light clothes, keep his room cool and the air moisturized.
- Olive Oil
When used with zinc soothes the skin while preventing it from further infection. It brings out a great result, especially in persistent eczema.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera because of its antimicrobial properties is good when used as a lotion on your baby’s skin. It will soothe the itching and prevent further infection.
- Avoid allergenic foods
Especially in breastfeeding moms, avoid some seafood, cow milk when you notice your baby has eczema or you want to prevent it totally.
- Sea Salt Bath
Sea salt contains high amount of essential minerals and this boost blood circulation which keeps the skin moisturized.
It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and that’s why it is suitable for use in babies suffering atopic dermatitis. Add two and half measuring cups of sea salt to the baby’s bath water.
- Avoid triggers as much as possible
Does any of these baby eczema natural remedies worked for you or you think we have omitted any remedy you have tried and worked? Pls inform us at the comment section it will be helpful for other moms.