What is Baby Eczema?
Baby Eczema is a dry, itchy skin condition that affects up to one in five children. It usually appears for the first time before your child is two years old. The good news is that most children who have eczema will grow out of the condition by the time they are in their teens. Baby Eczema can't be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatments.Having eczema means that the skin's barrier doesn't work as well as it should, which makes it drier. Little one's skin will be more prone to infections and allergens can enter the skin more easily, which can make the condition worse. Eczema is linked to asthma and hay fever, though it does not always mean that your child will develop either of these conditions if they have eczema.
Symptoms of Baby Eczema
Symptoms include dry, itchy, red skin. In some cases the skin can crack and ooze fluid or bleed. Baby eczema can be extremely distressing for babies because they find it very difficult not to scratch, which can lead to infections. In some cases eczema can disturb little one's sleep. You may see very young babies rubbing their faces on cot sheets or clothes.Some children have dry skin, which is easy to look after, while others may need a lot of treatment. You will get to know what your child's eczema looks like and will know when to visit your doctor. However, if the eczema gets worse, or looks different, you should always take your child to the doctor to have the skin looked at.
Areas affected by Baby Eczema?
It usually starts on the face and scalp but may then appear on other areas of the body. Usually it affects the creases of the body such as the back of the knee and the inside of the elbow, but it can appear anywhere.
What Causes Baby Eczema?
Flare-ups of Baby Eczema can be triggered by skin irritation caused by chemicals found in many standard baby products, including many of the harsh chemicals found in regular disposable nappies.
Baby Eczema and Aloe Vera
People that suffer from sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema or psoriasis report that organic skin care products work better for them as they contain either tiny amounts of synthetic chemicals, or no synthetic chemicals at all. Parents are increasingly choosing organic products for their babies as their bodies are still developing and are more susceptible to chemicals in non-organic products. As a result they are more likely to develop allergic reactions to ingredients such as fragrances commonly used in non organic toiletries, even those claiming to be suitable for sensitive skin.
Beaming Baby's Certified Organic Baby Care range contains organic aloe vera, which has been proven to ease eczema symptoms.
Dr. Peter Atherton, one of the leading authorities on Aloe Vera in the UK, conducted a study which revealed that Aloe Vera works mainly on two areas, on repairing epithelial tissue and on boosting the immune system. The skin, the largest organ in the body, is also the largest patch of epithelial tissue. It is thus easy to understand why Aloe Vera hastens healing of burns and provides relief of eczema skin symptoms, as well as mouth or stomach ulcers, or a problematic bowel lining; all of which are epithelial tissues. Many eczema sufferers also experienced improved skin quality with the use of Aloe Vera. They reported that their eczema skin symptoms reduced, with smoother and softer skin.It is important to note that there is no known cure for Eczema but Aloe will stop the itching, accelerate the healing of broken skin, fight secondary infection, heal without scarring and leave no visible signs of Eczema.
Tips on Soothing Baby Eczema
The best thing that you can do for your child is to follow a good skincare routine. Eczema is a dry skin condition. The skin does not produce enough grease and loses too much water so it becomes dry and broken. You will need to replace the grease and the water with special products called emollients.
There are lots of different emollients and you may need to try quite a few until you find the right one for your child. Try to use a new emollient for at least a month, unless you can see it is making the eczema worse.
Tip: You should always test any new product before trying it all over the body. To do this, put a small amount of cream on an area of skin which has no eczema, and then leave it for one to two days. If there is no reaction, carry on and use it on the eczema.
As well as choosing carefully the creams and bath products that you use on your babies skin, it helps to think about other items that will be in contact with your babies skin all day, such as clothing. Organic cotton can help babies with eczema because it doesn't contain the finishing chemicals or pesticide residues found in conventional cotton. There is much anecdotal evidence to say that babies with sensitive skin or eczema do much better wearing organic cotton clothing.
Beaming Baby Organic Cotton Baby Clothes have been specially designed with details which make them highly suitable for babies with eczema including:
- Flat seams which avoid rubbing delicate or sore skin
- No neck labels which can rub and be itchy
- Nickel-free poppers (nickel allergy can be a problem for many babies)
Also be aware of how you wash your baby's clothing. Washing powders and liquids contain a lot of chemicals, and are not completely removed from clothing after washing. Using eco friendly products such as Ecover, which contain substantially fewer chemicals, will mean less residue is left on the clothes to cause irritation to delicate skin. There are many other things that you can do to make your child more comfortable and less itchy...:
- Distract your child as much as possible by playing with them
- Try not to tell them to "stop scratching"
- Keep their nails short and try scratch mittens or all-in-one sleep suits at night.
- Try to keep your child's bedroom cool as getting hot and sweaty can make their eczema worse.Some fabrics can irritate the skin.
Best Nappies for Baby Eczema
Beaming Baby Biodegradable Nappies are the Most Chemical-Free Disposable Nappy in the World. They contain 54% less chemicals than standard supermarket nappies, and 38% less than other eco nappy brands.