Baby eczema usually appears around 2-6 months and can often be daunting for parents. As a baby’s immune system is still growing and delicate, the type of cream and shampoo for eczema you choose is very important. You want to choose ingredients that are natural and hypoallergenic. It is important to avoid adding more chemicals to their growing immune system.
Here are a few things you can do to cure baby eczema naturally:
1. Avoid Topical Irritants Baby’s immune systems are very sensitive and can easily be irritated by perfumes and chemicals in household products, laundry detergents, shampoo, soaps, cream, and clothing material. It is important to switch to all natural and hypoallergenic in order to sooth eczema.
Avoid popular recommended brands such as Vaseline which appear natural but aren’t. Vaseline is made of petroleum – the same substance that makes petrol. It is not breathable and can worsen eczema – especially if the substance is absorbed from your skin into your body.
2. Test For Food Allergies The digestive system of a baby is not fully formed until 2 years old – so it is vital to feed healthy and nutritious food to babies. Diet is a large part of triggering eczema. For example, studies show that feeding babies gluten before 2 years old leads to a greater likelihood of developing allergies, eczema and a lowered immune system.
You can also have your baby tested for food allergies. Some babies are allergic to several things, and once they are removed from the diet, the eczema can often disappear (as was the case for myself). You can also keep a food journal to see if certain foods trigger flare-ups, or ask to be recommended to an allergist.
3. Breastfeed (whenever possible) or choose a high quality infant formula It is important to breastfeed your baby to reduce the likelihood of eczema and to help strengthen their immune system. If this is not possible, then choose a high quality formula that won’t aggravate their digestive system or their skin condition.
4. Environment Keep your environment clean: the room temperature should not be too high or overheated, otherwise it can aggravate the condition. Also minimize allergens, as allergic reactions can increase scratching.
5. Clothing Choose clothing material that is light and breathable, such as cotton, and avoid wool and chemical fiber products that can irritate eczema. Ensure that clothing, pillows, and bedding are changed frequently to remain clean.