My top most-used skin care products for treating eczema in babies and kids and some really great eczema treatment advice.
Treating eczema in kids can be a really challenging process. When Little T was a baby he had one small patch that never really seemed to go away. Baby Bun had occasional flare-ups but after the age of one it basically disappeared for both of them. In our case, we were pretty lucky. There are many children who have far worse issues that may even require oral medication for treatment.
Eczema can occur in both children and adults. It’s a condition where patches of the skin become rough and scaly and can crack, itch and burn. Its most common on the face, hands, wrists, feet and back of the knees. My kiddos always had patches on their thighs, so really, it can show up anywhere.
There isn’t really a cure for eczema and some people may end up treating it indefinitely. However, many children will outgrow it over time. If your baby develops eczema one of the best things you can do is start searching for the source that could be causing the irritation. This is often much easier said than done. It’s also very likely that you may never discover the reason behind it at all. But it’s definitely worth trying.
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Eczema can occasionally be caused by an allergy. It could be an environmental allergy or a food allergy. I’ve found that dairy is often a huge contender. If you are breastfeeding you can try eliminating dairy from your own diet as these proteins are passed through your breastmilk. If you don’t see an improvement after about a month of a strict no dairy diet, you can try another route. There are 8 major allergenic foods. They are: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, wheat and soy. Wheat and soy can also be big offenders.
What causes a skin reaction could potentially cause a digestive issue as well. You may begin notice that your baby reacts in a poor way after you eat a certain food (ie fussiness, extended crying, gas or bloating), so keeping a food dairy of what you eat will help you find any relations. Food diaries are also great in tracking potential allergens for toddlers and babies eating table foods. If you are using formula you may want to consider changing to a more “sensitive” formula or even an elemental one if milk is an allergy.
Babies skin is very sensitive to additives. Make sure every product you are using for your child is fragrance free and does not contain any known common irritants. This includes any bath products, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and topical treatments.
If your child is struggling with eczema, I have a great list of our family’s 7 go-to products to help reduce all the itching and burning that comes along with this annoying skin issue.
I love Aquaphor. I never thought I’d be a petroleum jelly fan but the truth is this stuff really works. I read about a study not too long ago that showed a positive correlation with using petroleum jelly to treat eczema in babies. It’s a very gentle moisturizer that basically creates a barrier on the skin which helps to protect and promote healing. Aquaphor is also my number one diaper rash treatment (used along with cornstarch) and I also use it for chapped/wind-burned cheeks and noses and minor scrapes.
Aveeno is well-know for its great eczema treatment line of products. I love this bath soak because it’s pleasant, easy to use and its effective. Each packet contains colloidal oatmeal which is an ingredient common in soothing dry, itchy skin like eczema, but also other issues such as poison ivy, rashes and sunburns. You can use it in a baby bath tub as well as in your kids’ regular bath to help soothe dry winter skin.
This organic shampoo is fragrance- and steroid-free and can be used for both washing hair and body. It’s plant-based and contains no gluten, dairy, soy or nut products either so it’s also very allergen-friendly.
Along with eczema, often comes cradle cap. Some moms say its even worse in their eczema babies. This neat little brush comes in a two pack. It dries super fast, doesn’t mold and is 100% antibacterial. It’s super soft and flexible so no tears for baby! I like to use either coconut oil or olive oil and let it soak on baby’s scalp for up to 30 minutes. Then go town and polish that yucky stuff right off!
This lotion has always worked for us when treating those little patches that like to flare up time and again. It’s fragrance and dye free and fortified with ceramides which help to repair damaged skin. It’s super moisturizing and I often use it during the winter to combat typical dry skin.
This is the only laundry detergent we have used for many years now. I’m not a fan of artificial fragrance and since both my babies have sensitive skin, this is a great, super-affordable option. It’s gentle, effective and doesn’t smell like a bunch of fake crap.
I also don’t use fabric softeners and instead switched to dryer balls a few years back. They last a long time, are fairly inexpensive and also help to reduce drying time. It’s a win-win!
Treating eczema in young children is tough but arming yourself with an arsenal of great products can really make a difference. It’s best to use warm, not hot, water in baths and don’t leave kids in for too long.
Apply moisturizers and let them absorb into the skin before putting clothes on. Bleach baths are also a possibility in kids with more severely spread eczema. Here’s a great pdf file about how to do a bleach bath from the National Eczema Association. Don’t keep your heat turned up too high as this can increase dryness in skin during the winter and exacerbate eczema. If you live in a super dry place like us in Colorado, consider installing a whole-house humidifier or using a portable one in your child’s bedroom.
I hope these tips help you in some way! If you enjoyed this article please feel free to leave a comment below or shoot me an email!