The first telltale signs of baby eczema can present as a scaly, itchy scalp and bright red itchy cheeks. For parents these two spots can be the most difficult to treat and relieve. What can be done to ease the itch and frustration of baby eczema? I know first-hand the frustration and pain of trying to help my son’s eczema. He had very bad “cradle cap” as his itchy scalp was called and extremely red and itchy cheeks. It seemed nothing I did made it better. Slathering oil on his scalp and putting socks on his hands to prevent damage from scratching were a daily part of life. It sure didn’t make for good baby photos! Everywhere we went people asked "what's wrong with your baby?". I feel for you moms just experiencing baby eczema for the first time. Babies do grow up fast and eventually these areas will get better, and a sense of humor can help the tough times. We wish there was a miracle creme to make eczema vanish but in the meantime here are some tips that might make things a bit easier on you and baby.
- Protect baby cheeks from scratchy fabrics. If you think about it your baby, especially very young babies always have their cheeks resting on some type of fabric. Throwing a soft burp cloth over your shoulder can provide a barrier between baby’s cheeks and clothing. Also choose soft breathable crib sheets and baby blankets. For play time there are soft organic play mats.
- Choose baby clothes that are made of soft fabric such as bamboo viscose, TENCEL® or organic cotton and the less dyes and fragrances the better. Fortunately there are many clothing options available today that also include fold over hand covers, eliminating the need for the sock hand look. There are also cute mittens available.
- Protect the cheeks with ointment. Babies drool and drink a lot, so dabbing a bit of ointment on cheeks before feedings can keep that drool from irritating cheeks.
- Pat cheeks dry. Letting the cheeks air dry after wiping off with water can increase dryness. Gently patting dry with a very soft cloth and adding some ointment can lessen irritation.
- Choose non-toxic and gentle products for cleansing. Eczema on the scalp is called Seborrheic dermatitis and it occurs in areas where there are a lot of oil-producing glands such as the scalp, nose and back. The National Eczema Association has some tips for cleansing the scalp and treating this type of eczema. We found this that could be worth a try.
- Choose fragrance free products for yourself and baby. Fragrance can be an irritant for baby eczema. So you may want to skip the perfume and choose pure and gentle laundry detergents and house cleaning products. Check out the National Eczema Association for their Seal of Approval products suitable for children and adults with eczema. AD RescueWear is proud our Wrap-E-Soothe products carry the NEA Seal of Approval.
- Humor helps. Baby could wear this to fend off the usual questions.
We present these tips as a starting point. We hope they help to ease the frustration of baby cheek and scalp eczema. If you notice any yellow, oozing or bloody patches make sure to see a physician who may prescribe an anti-fungal or other prescription.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about you or your child's medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.