Baby eczema can cause discomfort for worried parents and babies alike. This skin condition can develop when babies are very young, which can cause concern for many parents. With so many new things to look out for with your new baby, it’s often difficult to determine which ones you might need more advice on, so here is some more information specifically about eczema in babies.
We consulted Dr Hope Dinh from Hope Dermatology, in South Melbourne, to provide some tips on how to manage baby eczema and make sure that your baby is as comfortable as they can be.
What does baby eczema look like?
If your baby has eczema, you will notice dry and itchy patches of red skin, usually in the folds of the arms and legs, or around the mouth, in the nappy area, or on other areas of the body. It is advisable to check with a doctor to determine if this rash is in fact eczema, as many rashes for different skin conditions can present in similar ways. For example a fungal infection in the nappy area might be mistaken for eczema if you are not familiar with the different types of rashes.
5 Tips for management
1. Dress your baby in light, breathable clothing.
If your child’s skin is prone to flare ups of eczema, dressing them in something light and breathable will help keep the skin cool and help reduce irritation.
2. Use a soap free wash or bath oil instead of soap.
Traditional soap has a very high pH, which can harm the skin. Using a soap-free wash or bath oil will help maintain the skin at its optimal pH therefore preserving your baby’s skin barrier function.
3. Keep the shower or bath lukewarm
To avoid heating the skin and drying it out, both potential aggravations to an eczema flare up, it’s best to keep your baby’s bath water lukewarm.
4. Moisturise your baby
After taking a bath, moisturiser your baby from head to toe with a light, fragrance free, moisturising lotion. This will help to hydrate the skin and prevent dryness.
5. Consult your GP or dermatologist
Baby eczema can be managed, but it is always recommended to consult a skincare or medical professional for a tailored treatment plan. This plan may include prescription creams and moisturisers.