Seeing your little eczema bub always uncomfortable, red, irritated and often scratching until he bleeds is a really hard thing to watch. I have lived it with my two eczema bubs and have also spoken to many mums and dads in the pharmacy and through itchy baby co. going through the same thing with their eczema babies and eczema toddlers. We all want to do everything we can to keep our eczema bubs as comfortable as possible and manage and treat their eczema as best we can.
what can I do to help treat my baby with eczema?
There are two things we want to treat with eczema and they are skin dryness and skin inflammation. A good bathing routine is really important to treat dry skin. To treat inflammation often medicated creams and ointments are used. However, with a good eczema management plan we can hopefully reduce the number of times the skin is inflamed.
how should I bathe my child with eczema?
Bathing every day is recommended for infants and children with eczema. Nightly baths do two things which are important for eczema, they cleanse the skin of any irritants and bacteria and they also allow moisturising to be more more effective.
Baths should be lukewarm and and last for about ten minutes. Soaps and bubble baths shouldn’t be used because they can take away the skin’s natural oils and make the skin very dry. Alternatives like itchy baby bath soaks can be used in the bath. Itchy baby bath soaks leave a thin film on the skin which acts as a barrier to trap moisture to stop the skin from drying out. They also have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties.
A soft cloth, such as a microfibre should be used to wash your eczema bub. Loofahs and scrubbers can be too harsh on their sensitive skin and should definitely not be used.
Once bath time is finished and you have patted your eczema bub dry, a moisturiser needs to be generously rubbed into your eczema bub’s skin. There’s a two minute window from the time you get your eczema bub out of the bath where the skin is at its best to absorb the most moisture from your ointment or cream. Rub the moisturiser into your eczema bub’s skin in a downward motion to cause less irritation. You should moisturise your eczema bub’s skin at least once more during the day.
what else can I do to help manage my child’s eczema?
- keep your eczema bub’s fingernails short
- wear loose-fitting cotton clothing
- try to avoid your eczema bub getting too warm or hot
- keep a small tube of moisturiser with you so you can moisturise your eczema bub whenever you need to
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team. X
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.