Eczema is a chronic itchy skin condition that appears in about 10-15% of children, most often within their first six months. It shows up as patches of red or dry skin. While it may appear just about anywhere on a baby’s body, it most often occurs on the cheeks, scalp, and at the joints of their arms and legs. Fortunately, most children’s skin will improve by age 5 or 6.
Taking good care of your child’s skin and avoiding triggers can help treat and prevent flare-ups. Here are three tips that can help.
A Good Bath Time Routine Can Do Wonders
Bath water should be lukewarm or cool, as hot water will encourage flare ups and scratching. Keep your little one’s soaking time to a minimum, 15-20 minutes at the max, washing or shampooing them near the end so they aren’t sitting in soapy water. As soon as you get your baby out of the tub, pat (don’t rub) excess water off their skin with a soft towel, or let them air dry if the room is sufficiently warm.
The best cleansers are mild soaps or natural non-soap cleansers without bubbles or drying ingredients. Fragrances and other similar additives can cause more breakouts so these ingredients need to be avoided too. Oatmeal baths can also help soothe baby’s itchy skin (see the instructions at the bottom of the post).
Lotion Is Key in Eczema Prevention
After bathing, immediately apply a cream, ointment, or lotion to help retain the water in your child’s skin from the bath and seal in their natural moisture. However, be sure to use any prescribed topical medication before applying creams, ointments, or lotions. Lotions, like our unscented Premium Moisturizing Lotion, are better for repeat daytime moisturizing as it contains no fragrances and other additives that can cause breakouts. Make sure to bathe your little one at least an hour before bed time to let any heavy ointments soak into their skin and to not cause their skin to overheat during sleep.
Time for a Manicure!
Short Nails Keep Skin Safe
Scratching can cause your baby’s skin to become tough and infected. Be sure to cut your child’s nails twice a week to keep their skin safe. The best time to cut nails is right after bath time when their nails are still soft from the water.
OATMEAL BATH RECIPE