1. Follow gentle skin care instructions:
- Bathe for less than 10 minutes with a gentle cleanser, like Superfood Baby Shampoo & Body Wash
- Pat (don’t rub) dry with a soft, absorbent towel
- Immediately put on a thick moisturizer, like Hydrating Baby Lotion, from head to toe
- Use moisturizer like Soothing Baby Face Cream more frequently in sensitive or exposed areas such as the face
2. Use only fragrance-free skincare products
Did you know that just like all of the other organs in their bodies, baby skin is still growing and maturing after they are born? Their skin is thin and sensitive and can react to ingredients that adult skin does not react to. Fragrances can be irritating and result in future allergic reactions. When it comes to baby skincare products, the simpler the better!
3. Avoid bubble baths
Did you know that long baths dry out the skin? All soaps, no matter how gentle, disrupt the oils and proteins that protect your skin. Even plain water dries out your skin! Babies do not need to bathe more than once a day. Limit your baby’s baths to less than 10 minutes and avoid soaps that make lots of bubbles.
4. Apply moisturizer from head to toe at least twice a day
Did you know that there are literally cracks in the skin of children with eczema?
The skin is made of millions of skin cells that are glued together with various human proteins. In babies with eczema, this glue doesn’t work well and cells do not stick together tightly. There are gaps in between the cells and literally cracks in the skin. This problem is often inherited. These gaps and cracks cause the skin to dry out easily and get irritated easily. This is why it is so important to frequently moisturize the skin of children with eczema. Good moisturizers help to fill in these gaps and cracks in order to protect the skin from dehydration and irritation.
5. Use gentle soft clothes made of 100% cotton. Avoid elastic materials or clothes that are too restrictive or tight
Dress your baby in soft, loose-fitting, and breathable cotton to prevent the build-up of heat and moisture that can quickly lead to an eczema outbreak. Always choose clothes that have open wrists and collars to allow heat to escape and prevent irritation from rubbing against baby’s skin.
6. See a skin doctor for prescription treatment of eczema