Signs of eczema appear for the first time in children by the age of two. The location and appearance of a baby’s eczema changes as they age. In most cases while they are toddlers the eczema is zoned in on the forehead, cheeks and scalp, however it can be seen on the entire body as well.
The most unfortunate thing is there is no real cure for child eczema. But all hope is not lost as eczema is a condition that you can manage by using the right treatments. Soothing your baby’s skin is easier than you think with these great tips:
- Always use skincare products in the bath that are mild on your child’s skin. Avoid harsh soaps with too many artificial ingredients. Anything with harsh chemicals will irritate your child’s skin.
- You may enjoy a hot bath but to a child with eczema it’s extremely bothersome. A lukewarm bath for your child will not irritate the skin as much as a hot bath. Heat from the water can cause skin to lose moisture. Moisture can also be lost by bathing too often. You can wash their face, hands and bottoms daily and bathe them no more than three times per week.
- Always keep their fingernails short! Not only does this prevent infections from spreading but prevents breaking and bleeding of the skin when they scratch intensely.
- Avoid wool and nylon fabrics. Cotton clothing is much better at keeping the skin cool and alleviating discomfort of eczema.
- Make sure to make your kids drink plenty of water. Good amount of water each day keeps the skin moisturized from inside out.
- Keep a track of the foods that your child eats each day and log anything that triggers a reaction. Most problematic foods are chocolate, peanuts, eggs, soy, wheat and milk. Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making exclusions to your child’s diet.
- Keep a track of external factors that cause reactions as well in case food is not the culprit. Commonly known factors are smoke, pets, mould, chlorine, pollen and household cleaning products. If it’s your pet that is the problem keep the pet out of the child’s room as much as possible, especially at night. If chlorine is a problem and you have a pool, give them a quick shower right after the come out of the pool.
Eczema can be constantly irritating to your child, but you can ensure that they are much less irritated by it when using the tips mentioned above.