BABY ECZEMA TYPES
Baby eczema is a common skin condition that can be uncomfortable for the baby and sometimes worrisome to their parents. It usually begins before a child reaches her first birthday, but many outgrow their eczema by the age of five. In some, however, eczema symptoms become recurrent until adulthood.
Baby eczema is also known as Atopic Dermatitis, which is the most common type of eczema. It is characterized by red rashes, dry, scaly skin and itch. The baby’s sensitive skin may leak fluid and form scabs. Rashes may be found on the cheeks, neck, inside the elbows and back of knees. Although the exact cause is unknown, baby eczema may break out when the baby is wrapped in tight clothing or when certain soaps and fragrances are used. Heat, cold, sweat, drooling saliva and food allergies can also trigger baby eczema symptoms.
Another type of baby eczema is known as Seborrheic Dermatitis, or more commonly called cradle cap. It is characterized by the formation of thick, yellowish crusts or greasy patches on the baby’s scalp. This form of infantile eczema is common among newborns, but it usually clears up without treatment by the age of six months.
A third type of baby eczema is known as Contact Dermatitis, which is associated with contact with a substance like perfume, soap or detergent, that triggers their symptoms. Rashes, redness, and itch usually occur on the part of the body where the irritant touched the skin.
BABY ECZEMA TREATMENTS
Baby eczema causes itching and discomfort, so babies tend to scratch their skin all the time. Protect them by cutting their nails short. It takes time and patience to discover the triggers that cause baby eczema to flare up. Perform elimination tests on baby’s clothing, toys, bedding, the type of detergent used to do baby’s laundry and other products used by baby. Stick to those brands that do not cause baby to break out in rashes. Most of the time, strong chemicals, fragrances, synthetic materials will trigger baby eczema. Also, some common foods such as, eggs, cow’s milk, soy, may cause baby eczema to flare-up so consider doing an elimination test on baby’s diet as well.
Other suggested baby and young children eczema home remedies:
- Use baby bath products specially made for managing eczema that keep skin moisturised, such as, baby wash, shampoo, lotion, moisturizer, cream, baby oil;
- Avoid products that contain alcohol which are drying.
- Apply moisturizer to the skin after bath, before sleep and whenever necessary eg after a swim;
- Apply baby oil on the dry and inflamed areas for stronger protection;
- Keeping the bedroom cool and well ventilated. Installing a humidifier may help.
Ask your doctor to recommend an anti-itch cream to help reduce baby’s scratching. Consult a paediatrician if baby’s eczema problem is very severe, usually a topical corticosteroid cream (and/or an antihistamine) will be prescribed to help control the condition which will bring physical relief to baby and mental relief to mommy. There are known side effects related to using this common prescription which is good to be aware of and to discuss with your health care professional. Normally, they will advice against using the corticosteroid creams on a long term basis. As more parents become more aware, a growing number are opting for natural remedies
Emu Oil – Natural Treatment For Baby Eczema
Baby bath products (body cleanser, shampoo and moisturiser) that contain emu oil offer an effective, natural and safe way to manage all kinds of eczema and skin problems. It forms a skin barrier to protect against environmental irritants. Emu oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and superior penetrating properties which provide relief from dry, inflamed and itchy skin.
The topical application of Emu Oil and consumption of Emu Oil Capsules is a scientifically proven remedy for eczema and psoriasis. Emu Oil, derived from the flightless native bird of Australia, has been used by the Aborigines as part of their medicinal traditions for centuries to cure many ailments. They used it for skin problems as well as wounds and injuries. With modern refining methods, modern scientists have been able to preserve the active ingredients in emu oil to deliver the powerful anti-inflammatory properties and emu oil is suitable for all skin types including infant skin because it is All Natural and contains No Preservatives, No Additives, No Petrochemicals.
EMUDERM™ Emu Oil maximises therapeutic properties of emu oil, it is
- Made in Australia
- 100% Pure & Natural
- Rich in Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9
- 100% Pure and Natural
- Bio-Active – contains maximum bioactivity
- Certified Therapeutic Grade by The Therapeutic Grade Administration of Australia
And helps to:
- Reduce Inflammation
- Relieve Pain
- Reduce Itch
- Reduce Scars
- Repairs Skin
- Superbly Moisturize