Most cases of eczema develop in the first five years of life. However, more cases are diagnosed during the first year than any other year, even into adulthood. Dry, skin can present on the face and scalp. This is often referred to as cradle cap. In addition, symptoms often affect the folds of the skin, including the elbows and the knees.
- Run cooler baths: A baby’s bathwater should be lukewarm. Avoid running hotter baths, as hot water can dry out your baby’s skin.
- Say no to bubble baths: Bubble bath’s are surfactants that can irritate the skin and cause already existed eczema flares to worsen.
- Moisturize with love: The best time to moisturize your baby’s skin is after bathing, for optimal moisture lock. Use creams and ointments for maximum results. Apply moisturizer twice per day. For moderate to severe cases of eczema, moisturize four times daily.
- Dress with care: Read clothing labels and dress your baby in less irritating fabrics such as, cotton and silk. Rayon and linen are calming fabrics; however, they are warmer. Avoid scratchy fabrics such as wool and polyester. Fight the urge to dress your baby in too many layers, as this can cause them to sweat. Sweat, also, exacerbates this condition.
- Clip those nails: To avoid your baby from breaking or further damaging their skin, clip their fingernails short. Scratching eczema rashes can lead to infection. Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria colonized on the skin that can lead to serious, sometimes even fatal, Staph. Infections. Another safety precaution would be baby onesies that have the built in mittens, or simply putting infant mittens on your newborn’s hands.
- Create an atmosphere: In an eczema friendly atmosphere take into consideration these three things. Firstly, dust frequently to eliminate dust mites. Secondly, keep the room temperature between 68 and 75 degrees. Thirdly, use a humidifier to relieve dryness in the air. Keep the moisture between 40 and 50 percent for an optimal environment.
- Avoid allergens: Eczema is often associated as a reaction resulting from contact with a known allergen. Read labels and be aware of what to look for in order to avoid them. For an extensive list of what skin irritants to avoid, please visit our toxins and allergens page.
Results from using TrueLipids Ultimate Eczema Kit, which includes products that address atopic dermatitis and help repair the skin to a healthy state.