Baby Eczema: How to Manage It
Caring for your baby is a tough job and it can become even harder if your little bundle of joy is suffering from eczema. Fortunately, many parents have gone through this period in their lives and they say that anyone can survive this ordeal.
Here are some tips for caring for your baby with eczema:
Protect her hands and her skin
Living with eczema means every minute in your life is a minute you want to scratch an itch on your skin. If your baby has eczema she too will have that urge. You need to keep her hands covered so that she won’t be able to scratch her skin and cause wounds. Use baby mittens and tie them securely so that they won't be removed that easy.
Keep your baby cool at all times
Eczema gets exacerbated whenever the temperature is on the warm side. Always try to maintain a cool environment for your little baby and set the thermostat to a comfortably cool temperature (not too cold because cold air is also bad for eczema).
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
It can never be said enough, but if you have eczema, you should moisturize your skin regularly. If your baby has eczema, it’s even more important that she gets moisturized regularly, especially since babies' skin are the most sensitive.
Don’t get too obsessed with her skin, though
Now this tip may sound contradictory to the one before it, but some parents advise other parents that it is just as important to let your baby have fun with her life as it is to care for her skin. This means that eventually, you should be comfortable enough with your baby’s skin condition to not keep you and her from enjoying the other pleasures of life.
If your baby’s skin isn’t acting up this morning, you shouldn’t worry too much about her eczema flaring up later that you would decide to spend the whole day cooped up inside your home.
Learn to accept that eczema is not a life sentence for your baby and that she needs to explore the world as well even with her skin condition. Just make sure to moisturize her skin every now and then.
Clothe your baby with hypoallergenic outfits
Eczema is easily triggered by fabrics such as polyester, latex, or wool so it’s important that your little bundle of joy stays far away from those materials. Fortunately, more and more clothing manufacturers are producing clothes that are safe for people with eczema.
Pure organic cotton is the best kind of fabric for your baby because the fabric is soft and permeable. Also, pure organic cotton clothing doesn’t carry harsh chemicals that can exacerbate your baby’s skin condition.
Caring for your baby’s skin can be difficult if she is suffering from eczema, but with these tips, it won’t be impossible. If you keep your baby’s skin moisturized, her environment cool as often as possible, both of you will be able to live comfortably as possible throughout this ordeal.