Baby eczema is traumatic for the parents simply because of the feeling of helplessness when they cannot ease the pain and irritation they see in the baby. Moreover, parents know that scratching can aggravate symptoms of eczema yet it is impossible to explain that to a baby and expect compliance when even older children and adults have problems with scratching! Sometimes the symptoms of eczema may look like it has miraculously disappeared only to flare up again, causing the cycle of frustration and sleepless nights all over again.
Babies with eczema may have less body oils and their skin’s natural barrier function is affected. Moisture evaporates easily from the skin, causing cells to shrink and skin to crack. Irritants and allergens can cause further inflammation and even infections. Red, crusty patches of skin, scaling, and itching follow.
Factors that can trigger eczema in babies include:
- The mother’s lifestyle and diet while the baby is in the womb
- Genetics, if one or both parents suffer from eczema or other allergies
- Something in the baby’s environment is reacting against the skin of the child, whether the air is too hot or dry. Long bathing times in hot water can dry out skin.
- It can be materials of the baby’s clothing, bedding or detergents used
- Diet that cause allergic reactions
Baby skin is very delicate and sensitive, so it is advisable to use natural remedies for baby eczema to prevent any long term damage. Many prescribed medication contains harsh chemicals, including steroids, which are not suitable for prolonged use. A baby or young child is not fully developed in their immune system and internal organs, so the risk of side effects from chemicals and steroids in medications and baby eczema creams are much higher compared a full grown adult.
Natural Remedies For Baby Eczema
- Stop Over Washing
Bathing your baby for long periods and too often in hot water will dry the skin further, and also wash away the natural oil in the skin. Remember to use warm water and not let your baby spend too much time in the water.
Use natural moisturizers and oils without chemicals, preservatives, synthetic fragrances or coloring to lock in a baby’s natural oil in the skin and keep it hydrated. Always read product labels carefully and be familiar with some of the chemical names used.
A highly recommended natural moisturizer from Australia is the Bio-Active Emu Oil. Research has shown that emu oil is a naturally superb moisturizer suitable for baby or sensitive, problem skin. It also contains omega 3,6 & 9 and so nourishes as it moisturize.
Air conditioners or cold, dry winters can wreak havoc on baby skin. Hazy or poor air quality are also common triggers. Avoid the outdoors in these conditions and use a good humidifier cum air purifier to protect your baby in a closed environment. Baby skin will benefit from additional moisture in the air.
- Oil Treatment
Some have recommended olive oil, coconut, almond or argan oils. One of the best documented natural product to soothe irritated skin is Australian Bio-Active Emu Oil from Emu Tracks and related range of products. They offer all round protection and nourishment for baby skin.
- Baby Friendly Shampoo & Wash
Consumers are more informed about the harmful effects of Sulphates, Parabens, Petrochemicals, Silicones, artificial fragrances and coloring. It cannot be over emphasized to read labels of body cleansing products used on delicate baby skin. Emu Tracks offers a range of Mild 2-in-1 Shampoo & Wash suitable for infants, babies and hypersensitive skin.
- Evaluate Diet
Switch baby formula if your baby is not breastfed, especially when you see eczema symptoms developing along with persistent diarrhea. There is no shortage of alternatives such as soy, goat’s milk and even coconut based baby milk formulas.
- Clothing & Bedding
Check the materials used that comes in contact with your baby skin. The least irritating material is cotton but you have to be diligent in studying and testing to make the best judgement on materials for their clothing, beddings and even the detergents used.
Material and fit of clothing has to be light, airy and loose fitting to prevent irritation and abrasion that can aggravate a baby’s eczema skin condition.
When baby eczema is treated as naturally as possible, the parents may avoid having to deal with other health issues of the child in the future. The best advice is to use medications cautiously, and choose the safest and natural treatment for your baby.
“My son had an outbreak of eczema about 2 months ago, starting from the back of the knees, and it soon spread to his arm and legs. Because of the itch, he scratched until his smooth skin is now a sad sight. Steroid creams prescribed by doctors isn’t doing much for his condition. Chinese medicine bath did not help either. Friend introduced my wife to Emu Oil. With no other solutions in sight, we decided to try it out and we are very glad we did. His condition improved a lot. It also itches much lesser now, according to him. This is after about 7 days of applying the Emu oil 2 to 3 times a day. And he does not need to apply the steroid cream anymore. Hopefully the eczema and all the scars will recover well with continuous use.” – Kwok Siew Loong
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