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Eczema is an irritating skin condition that is often seen in adults, skin is red, flaky, inflamed and very itchy. Same as adult eczema, the type of eczema that affected babies is called infant dermatitis, babies with this condition also have red, flaky and very itchy skin. The areas where babies are prone to get eczema are the diaper area, near the lips where dribble accumulates and in many other areas of the skin where baby is most sensitive from dust, soap, animal dander, etc.
Here are some ways on how to take care of baby eczema to help your little one survive the irritating symptoms of this skin condition:
• Give baby a daily bath using lukewarm water and a non-
• Let baby go bare even for an hour to reduce eczema on the diaper area to come in contact with urine and feces. Dirt and bacteria can only worsen eczema and may often lead to skin infection as well.
• After a bath, apply moisturizer on baby especially on the diaper area. Use
a baby formulated moisturizer that is non-
• Cut baby’s nails short to prevent him from scratching his eczema. Scratching only makes eczema skin more prone to develop skin infections that can make matters worse for your baby too. Give your baby a toy or a snack to preoccupy her to prevent scratching.
• Clothes must be washed with a very mild detergent without overpowering scents and fragrances. Fabric conditioners often have strong smells that must also be avoided.
• After a bath, use a moisturizer on baby’s skin immediately to lock in moisture. Afterwards, dress baby in light and non irritating clothes. Never dress him in wool or polyester that can make eczema worse.
• Be sure to have adequate moisture in your room or home. Moisture in the air can also provide moisture on skin making baby’s eczema unlikely to breakout. You can use a humidifier to significantly add moisture to room air or a pan of water near the fireplace or furnace will do.
• There are also ways to reduce itching in infant dermatitis. You can use a soft wet cloth to be placed directly on eczema; after the water has evaporated on the cloth, moisturize baby’s skin at once.
• Remove all foods that can cause eczema flare ups. Nuts, citrus, dairy products and poultry must be avoided for the meantime. Your baby’s doctor may advice an alternative milk formula to use or new foods to eat and foods to avoid as your baby suffers from eczema.
• Increase your baby’s fluid intake, aside from water; he can take soups, juices and fruits to increase water and moisture from within the body.
Best way to manage baby eczema