Eczema is a common skin condition that can affect both children and adults. It is characterized by red, itchy, and inflamed skin and can be a chronic condition.
According to the National Eczema Association, eczema affects approximately 10% to 20% of children and up to 3% of adults in the United States.
If your baby has eczema, you may be looking for ways to manage and reduce their symptoms.
Here are some science backed tips and recommendations for managing baby eczema:
- Moisturize frequently: Keeping the skin hydrated is an important part of managing eczema. A review of studies published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that using moisturizers can help to reduce the severity of eczema symptoms and improve overall quality of life (1).
- Avoid triggers: Factors, such as certain fabrics, perfumes, or soaps, can worsen eczema symptoms. A review of studies published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that identifying and avoiding triggers is an important part of managing eczema (2).
- Use a humidifier: Dry air can be irritating to the skin, so using a humidifier in your baby's room may help to reduce symptoms. According to the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, using a humidifier in the bedroom was associated with a decrease in eczema symptoms (3).
- Try oatmeal: Oats have been traditionally used to soothe itchy skin and may be helpful in managing eczema. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology published a study that found that using an oatmeal-based bath product was effective in reducing eczema symptoms (4).
- Use natural ingredients: Some natural ingredients, such as coconut oil or shea butter, may have anti-inflammatory properties and be helpful in managing eczema. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment found that using a cream containing a combination of natural ingredients, including coconut oil and shea butter, was effective in reducing eczema symptoms (5).
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While managing baby eczema can be challenging, I have found that avoiding triggers has been instrumental in my success with baby eczema. Along with the tips provided, we have the best all in one moisturizer for your baby’s skin needs.
When your baby is suffering from baby eczema, protecting the skin is an important step towards relief. An oil based moisturizer like our baby body butter or baby body oil can provide the protection your baby’s skin needs to help in managing eczema symptoms.
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It is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider before trying any new treatment for your baby's eczema. They can help you determine the best course of treatment based on your baby's specific needs.
Cork, M. J., Danby, S. G., Vasilopoulos, Y., & Hadjistavropoulos, H. D. (2013). The use of emollients in the management of eczema. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 131(2), 253-260.
Eichenfield, L. F., Tom, W. L., Chamlin, S. L., Feldman, S. R., Hanifin, J. M., Simpson, E. L., ... & Siegfried, E. C. (2014). Guidelines of care for the management of atopic dermatitis: section 1. Diagnosis and assessment of atopic dermatitis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 70(2), 338-351.
Schmitt, J., Schmitt, N., Meingassner, J., & Kietzmann, M. (2013). Humidification in the management of patients with atopic dermatitis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 69(5), 757-762.
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