Baby Eczema Natural Remedies

I know it’s terrible when your little one, who is supposed to have soft beautiful skin, comes down with something like eczema.

Yes, there are natural ways to rid your baby from that terrible eczema, you do not always need to go to the doctor for this.

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Baby Eczema Causes

Baby eczema is an allergic reaction that is triggered by either eating specific foods or when the skin comes into contact with external allergens that penetrate the skin.

Eczema in babies is a common occurrence, because babies have thinner skin and have digestive systems and immune systems that are still being developed.



Common areas:

  • Face.
  • Baby’s eyelids and eyebrows.
  • The scalp (also called cradle cap )
  • The neck and chest.
  • Parts where the skin folds.

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Tips and Treatment for Baby Eczema

  • You can stop using all creams, soaps and any other baby products and wash your baby in plain water for a few weeks to see if the problem persists. After this you can start using natural products.
  • Bath water should be lukewarm, not hot as this could just aggravate the skin condition as well as dry out the skin. Keeping baths to a minimum can prevent the drying out of your baby’s skin. Babies don’t get as dirty as older children and therefore, it’s not always necessary to bath them more than three times a week.
  • Avoid the use of bubble baths, these can cause dry skin and may even cause vaginal irritation in baby girls. 
  • Moisturize your baby’s skin. Eczema is usually very dry, which can result in a terrible rash and scaliness if not kept moisturized. Applying a moisturiser to your baby’s damp skin after a bath, will lock the moisture in. 
  • Keep your baby from scratching the skin, as this could cause extra irritation and even infection. Keep your baby’s fingernails as short as possible.
  • Avoid overheating your baby or dressing your baby in clothing that might make him/her sweat, as this could trigger an eczema flare up. Sweat is a big no-no. Dress your baby in layers, so that you can remove a few layers if it gets warm during the day.
  • Keep humidity in the home between 25 and 40% to maintain appropriate moisture in the air. A humidifier is a great way to add moisture to the air. This will help keep your baby’s skin hydrated.
  • Avoid food allergens in your diet if you are breastfeeding or in baby’s diet, such as: Dairy, which is all cow milk products (not including breast milk, breast milk will build your child’s immune system) Read more about food allergies in the breastfed baby. (external link)
  • Be on the lookout for any drool and wipe away as soon as you notice any. The spit can cause a rash, if left on the skin.
  • Animal hair and saliva can also cause a flare up of eczema. Try to keep your baby’s clothing away from your pets.

Other culprit foods that cause allergies include Citrus fruits, Wheat, Soy, Berries, Chocolate, Peanuts, Fish,

  • Avoid external allergens:

• Use 100% pure cotton clothing and diapers.

• Use soaps and other baby products that are free from perfume.

• Use products that are natural.

• Make sure that your home is dust free.

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Natural Remedies for Eczema in Baby:

  • A Baby cream for eczema that is gentle and natural, is Calendula cream.
  • Aloe Vera lotion. Some babies are sensitive towards some of the aloe vera baby eczema products, so first test them on a small area of skin.
  • Zinc lotion.
  • Sometimes a plain Sea salt bath can work even better than a baby eczema lotion.
  • A good natural baby eczema product is Vitamin E oil.
  • A Baby eczema wash, such as a natural Oatmeal bath. Two cups of oats in one full bath of water. Soak baby for 15 minutes.
  • Add fresh chickweed to baby’s bath water to stop eczema.
  • Breastfeed your baby. Breast milk will boost your baby’s immune system. Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding here.
  • Breast milk can also be used topically and is great at healing skin. 
  • Baby eczema oil treatment: Plain extra virgin organic olive oil can be used to moisturize your baby’s skin.
  • Use baking soda instead of a detergent when cleaning your baby’s laundry.
  • Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizers. It absorbs easily into the skin and can be used to treat thrush and diaper rash too. Use a cold pressed, organic, unrefined coconut oil. 
  • A few minutes in the sun can do wonders for the skin and can reduce skin inflammation. Spending a few moments in the sea is great too. The Vitamin D from the sun combined with the magnesium and minerals in the water will soothe and heal the skin. 
  • Probiotics have been proven to treat eczema symptoms. Ask about a liquid or powder form probiotic for babies at your natural pharmacy.
  • You can add a few tablespoons of Epsom salts to your baby’s bath water.
  • We found an all-purpose healing salve from Wellnessmamma. This salve is great on eczema, cuts, bruises, stings, poison ivy and skin irritations. Find the recipe here… http://wellnessmama.com/3520/homemade-healing-salve/


When to Call the Doctor

  • If your baby doesn’t seem to get better after trying a few treatments.
  • You notice a yellow or brown crust on your baby’s kin accompanied with pus-filled blisters. This is a sign of a staph infection.
  • If your baby is exposed to anyone who has genital herpes or cold sores.

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NB – Do not use petroleum jelly for eczema on baby as this just further smothers the skin making the problem worse


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Excema, exema, exzema, exima, ezema, exama, ecsema, eczma,

 

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