Eczema is quite common in babies and in fact, it is believed that about 10% of infants may suffer from baby eczema at least sometime during their initial years of growth. While many children outgrow baby eczema by the age of three some will suffer from this condition throughout their lives.
If you or anyone in the family suffers from atopic eczema or have conditions such as asthma or hay fever this may increase your baby’s chances of having eczema. However, there are some things you can do to decrease the chances of your child from having an eczema outbreak or even the condition itself.
- If you are an eczema sufferer and are pregnant then try to avoid those foods and other things that trigger an eczema outbreak. If eating tomatoes or drinking milk causes you to break outÂ so avoid those foods throughout your pregnancy.
- Studies have shown that babies who are breast-fed are less likely to suffer from severe outbreaks of eczema than babies who are bottle-fed.
- Use humidifiers. Humidifiers will help to keep the air moist and thereby your baby’s skin moist which will help prevent outbreaks of eczema. It has also been shown that humidifiers help to keep away dust mites that contribute to eczema outbreaks, particularly in babies.
- Keep your baby’s bedroom cool. Sweating can contribute to the baby eczema outbreaks.
- Moisturize your baby’s skin with oil not water based moisturizers. Remember that eczema is dry patches of skin so keeping your baby’s skin moisturized will help prevent baby eczema flare-ups.
- Bathe your baby in lukewarm water and baby soap that is designed for babies with extra sensitive skin. The warmer the bath water the more the water will dry the baby’s skin.
- Use laundry products designed for sensitive skin that have no perfumes and line dry your baby’s clothes as often as possible.
- Dress your baby in cotton clothing as often as possible. Organic cotton is best as it contains no dyes or chemicals.
- Keep pets and dust away from the baby as much as possible. Carpeting, drapes and overstuffed furniture should be vacuumed often. Using a HEPA filter to help clear the air of dust will help prevent outbreaks of baby eczema.
- Keep stuffed toys dust free and wash all bedding that the baby will be touching at least once a week in the hottest water possible to kill dust mites.
- Keep your baby’s nails cut short and keep baby mitts on hand so that if your baby does have an eczema outbreak, you can keep scratching to a minimum.
Too often parents feel guilty when they know their baby is suffering. Therefore, it is important to understand that your infant having baby eczema is not your fault and that you could not have prevented it. Even doctors are not sure what causes eczema.
However, there are things you can do to minimize the outbreaks of eczema your child has as well as things you can do to help your baby be more comfortable when they are having an eczema outbreak. Don’t focus on feeling bad; focus instead on minimizing the number and severity of the outbreaks.