Seeing little ones suffer from baby eczema can be extremely heartbreaking. Between trying to find the right treatments for their sensitive skin, limiting their scratching and getting them to not wake up during the night (from the itch and consistent scratching), it can be both an exhausting and emotional journey.
Babies with eczema can experience a variety of symptoms, but the most common seem to be:
- Red rash
- Scaling skin
- Oozing bumps
- Weeping skin
Careful attention should be given to baby skin, as it is more sensitive. Irritation can also cause small pus bubbles or lead to a staph infection, particularly with scratching.
Although many parents look to steroids for immediate eczema relief, there are a variety of natural treatments that can help as well.
Here are our top 5 favorite treatments for babies with eczema:
Eczema rashes on babies can be difficult to treat, as their skin requires the most gentle ingredients.
Finding a product for their specific type of eczema symptoms is a great place to start. By determining whether they are experiencing itchy, dry/scaly or weeping eczema, you’ll be able to choose a product that can provide relief for that specific symptom.
Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream —our favorite eczema in babies cream that is both nourishing and soothing. It is also anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Although it contains honey, it is safe to use on babies topically. Children under two years of age should not eat products containing honey.
Emily Skin Soothers for Itchy Eczema —perfect for a little one who might be suffering from unapologetic itchy skin. This product was lovingly created by an acupuncture dad for his daughter who suffered from eczema. Contains olive oil and Chinese herbs.
Emily Skin Soothers for Severe Diaper Rash —to be used on an eczema rash on baby that appears on the bottom, legs, behind knees or elsewhere. Contains Chinese herbs to soothe hot, angry skin.
Conqueror Soothing Eczema Balm —a 15-in-1 formula designed to naturally moisturize and soothe dry, inflamed skin. Contains 100% natural ingredients like cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, shea butter and more.
Finding the right natural eczema treatment for babies can be time consuming, but can be a true blessing.
If your little one cannot stop scratching their skin raw during the day or night, you might want to look into eczema clothing to prevent further irritation.
There are a variety of garments that can be used to deter scratching:
ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves —keeps skin protected from scratching, so that eczema can heal properly. Stays put even on the fussiest child. Mittens flip open for play and closed for nighttime.
Bamboo Bubby Sleep Sack —ensures a good night’s sleep by keeping skin fully covered head-to-toe. Includes built in mittens to prevent scratching. Bamboo and cotton fabric is breathable while being soft and cooing as well. One size fits children 6 months to 2 years old.
Remedywear Bandages for Babies to Adults—for relieving hard to treat areas like behind the knees or elbows. These sleeves made for all ages are also perfect for dry wrapping.
Remedywear Long Pants for Kids—prevents harmful scratching while providing soothing relief. Perfect for healing leg, ankle, or behind-the-knee eczema and can be worn during the day or as a pajama.
Although there are many different types of baby eczema clothing to choose from, keep in mind that you’ll want to choose a garment that covers that specific part of the body or that prevents hands from scratching.
By eliminating the possibilities of scratching, the chances of irritation and infection are greatly reduced.
See our full range of eczema clothing for babies.
Wet or Dry Wrap Therapy
Let emollients sink in deeper and find fast relief with wet or dry wrap therapy. These types of treatments can allow skincare to work longer and more efficiently. In fact, many eczema sufferers have found relief after one night!
Although wet wrapping can be hard for some children to adapt to and should never be used as a long-term solution, dry wrap therapy can be much easier and less messy and can be used for as long as needed with the right clothing.
Remedywear™, clothing for eczema, is designed to wear dry and can be combined with your favorite emollient for further relief. Remedywear™ is made from TENCEL with zinc embedded fibers to soothe itchy, dry skin. Styles available for babies up to adults. Perfect for wearing during the day under everyday clothing or for wrapping overnight for a great night's sleep.
If medication or natural treatments are not working, you might want to look at the deeper issues that can affect babies with eczema.
Many cases of eczema occur due to triggers from allergens or sensitivities found in our environment or in foods. These can include:
- Airborne allergens like pollen, dust, grass, or pet dander
- Food allergens like dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, shellfish, etc. (see elimination diet section below)
- Chemical irritants found in clothing, soaps, laundry detergents or nickel in jewelry (find the best laundry detergent for eczema)
- Fabrics like polyester, nylon and rayon
- Harsh temperatures like extreme heat or cold weather
To determine whether food might be triggering your little one’s eczema (which is actually very common) you might want to look into starting an elimination diet . By removing certain allergens or sensitivities and reintroducing them slowly over time, you can uncover what foods might be causing your child’s eczema to flare up. Please only do an elimination diet with babies under a physician, nutritionist or dietitian's strict supervision as babies require an abundance of key nutrients and doing an elimination diet without personalized medical or dietary advice is not recommended.
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Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.