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Natural Remedies for Baby Eczema

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Many parents want to use natural methods while raising their children. When a baby has eczema, they wonder if it is really advisable to use harsh chemicals like cortisone creams to treat their little one's tender skin. Perhaps there are some natural remedies that would soothe or even heal their baby's eczema. Here are some possibilities, although every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another.

First, try using a humidifier in the home. Eczema is largely a matter of the skin being dry, and a humidifier can add moisture to the air, which in turn helps to moisturize the baby's skin. Having more humidity in the air can help other symptoms as well, such as a dry cough or a stuffy nose. A humidifier is especially appropriate during the winter months, when the already dry air is made even drier by indoor heating. Be sure to use caution with any electrical appliances, keeping them out of baby's reach.

Another natural remedy that works for some babies with eczema is aloe vera gel. Some babies are allergic to it, so it may not be the best for your child. Try a gentle natural baby cream or lotion that contains aloe as one of the ingredients. Use the lotion after washing, such as after baths or meals. Too much water can be drying to the skin, but a good, natural lotion or cream can seal that moisture into the skin. Two other ingredients found in good, natural skin creams for babies are calendula (an herb) and olive oil.

The baby's bath can either help or hurt eczema, depending on how you do it. The best way to bathe the baby is briefly, in lukewarm water, without soap. If the child is in the water long enough to get wrinkled, then the body's natural ability to moisturize the skin is impaired. Dry the baby well and use a natural baby cream. Dress the baby in clean, soft, cotton clothes. Use organic cotton if you can, as it contains less of the chemical residue that can be irritating.

Sometimes the baby's clothing can irritate the skin and make eczema worse. Cotton baby clothes are usually preferable over those made of synthetics. Wool can be extremely irritating. The clothing may be irritating because of the laundry detergent you've been using. The whole family may benefit by washing their clothes in a natural, simpler type of laundry soap. Additives like colors and fragrances can be irritating to tender skin, so look for a very basic soap.

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