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How to Care for Baby's Eczema

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What is the best way to take care of a little one who suffers from the itchy rash of eczema? Here are some guidelines for nurturing that sensitive baby. Basically it comes down to four principles. 1. Eliminate toxins in the baby's environment. 2. Bathe and moisturize adequately. 3. Don't overdress your baby. And 4. Feed you baby the least allergenic foods possible.

Many cases of eczema in babies are probably caused by toxic substances in the air and in the home. Some of these substances include pet dander, chemical cleaners, additives in the laundry detergent, and even dust. Babies can be allergic to any of these toxins and develop eczema in response. If you have a baby with eczema, it is wise to keep the home very clean. Vacuum often, and even consider removing rugs. Consider placing the baby's crib mattress in a hypoallergenic mattress cover made of organic cotton. Try using natural cleaners instead of harsh chemicals that can irritate little lungs in addition to causing eczema outbreaks.

Bathing a baby correctly is a very important factor in caring for an infant with eczema. You do not need to use soap at every bath, but only if the baby is very dirty, and then you should use a very mild soap. The water should be lukewarm, and the bath should not last very long. Gently pat the baby's skin dry with a clean towel, then add moisturizer. The best moisturizers are creams. Look for wholesome natural ingredients like aloe vera, olive oil, oatmeal, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. Apply the cream generously, but don't rub it in. Let it absorb naturally into the skin.

Babies can have an outbreak of eczema because of being dressed too warmly. Avoid using lots of thick blankets or blanket sleepers because the child can become overheated in them. Use clothing that is soft and allows the skin to breathe. Cotton is great as are many of the newer natural fibers, but wool is not a good idea because many people are somewhat allergic to it.

Finally, the eczema could be caused by a food allergy. Start the baby off with breast milk if possible, and follow up with natural, healthy foods introduced one at a time after the age of six months. If you must use an infant formula, there seem to be better results with the hydrolyzed formulas than regular soy or cow's milk formulas.

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