Effectively Treat Baby Eczema.
Baby eczema is not only frustrating, but it can be extremely stressful. The itching of eczema can cause crying and sleepless nights for not only the baby, but also the parents. Below are some facts and helpful hints to help you cope and minimize the symptoms of your baby’s eczema. Also, the National Eczema Association is a great resource for support, advice and finding a doctor for your child’s eczema. www.NationalEczema.org
The Genetics of Eczema
If you have eczema, asthma or allergies – your child is at higher risk of getting eczema. If your child has eczema they are also at higher risk of developing allergies and asthma. This is called the Allergic Triangle.
The Characteristics of Baby Eczema
Baby eczema is most common on the face, especially the cheeks but also appears on the forehead and scalp. It can also affect the entire body including the diaper area. It appears around 6 months of age and can continue into adulthood. As the baby grows, the eczema is often worse in the folds of skin on the inside of elbows and the backs of knees.
Baby eczema is commonly red and oozes fluid. As the baby grows the eczema can change which is called lichenification. Lichenification is when the eczema becomes more dry and cracked and the skin thickens with prominent cracked lines.
What is Causing Your Baby’s Eczema?
This is the frustrating part of eczema – finding the trigger. It is normally an allergen or contact with something irritating. Eczema can also become infected which requires a visit to the child’s doctor or specialist. Eczema is worst in the dy winter months or the hot humid months in the summer. There are many allergic triggers and finding this trigger can be a trial and error investigation. Some common triggers are: pet dander, dust mites, soaps or detergents, pollen, a food allergy, a fabric such as wool, perfume, a certain lotion, etc. An allergist can help you determine what is causing your baby’s eczema.
Is There a Cure for Eczema?
Unfortunately, eczema has no cure, it can only be managed.
Successfully Treating Baby Eczema
The Soak and Seal method is extremely effective for baby eczema. Bathe your baby daily in lukewarm water with a mild, unscented soap. If you are worried about the soap irritating the eczema, just use water and rinse the skin for about 10 minutes. Pat your baby dry, don’t rub, rubbing will irritate the eczema. If you want a recommendation on a gentle soap, please visit the National Eczema Association. They have a list of approved products for eczema www.NationalEczema.org. Look for the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance on products for your baby.
Immediately apply a cream or emollient after the bath. This will seal in the moisture from the tub. Again, visit the National Eczema Association for products approved for baby eczema that are mild and free of harsh chemicals (www.NationalEczema.org). Vaniply is a wonderful emollient for eczema. Vaniply has the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association. You can purchase Vaniply at at www.adrescuewear.com.
If the eczema is stubborn talk with your child’s doctor about treatment options. Wet wrap therapy is a safe and effective treatment for baby eczema and has been advocated by doctors for over 20 years. Benefits of wet wrap therapy include a decrease in staph bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) found on the skin, reduced redness, and reduced inflammation. Wet-wrapping rehydrates dry skin, lessens itching, and promotes more restful sleep. Wet wrap therapy involves applying damp specialty medical clothing over the cream/emollient following the bath. 3-5 treatments can really help baby eczema. Recent research reports and average reduction of symptoms by 70% in 5 easy treatments. Don't let the word "wet" scare you off. The specialty medical garments are applied damp and under a dry layer. These wet wrap therapy garments calm the itch and soothe the eczema during treatment. Many children ask for the treatment after experiencing because they find it so soothing to their itchy skin. For more information on wet wrap therapy visit http://www.adrescuewear.com/blog/stop-an-eczema-flare-with-the-wrapesoothe-products-and-wet-wrap-therapy/. Below you will find a helpful diagram on simple, easy wet wrap therapy.
Here is a photo of a baby being wet wrapped for stubborn eczema.
Here is an easy diagram on wet wrap therapy for eczema.