Looking after your child’s eczema can take a lot of time and involve using many different products. Not to mention all the different treatments we try before we hopefully find ones which make a difference and help us manage their eczema. The key to managing eczema is all about keeping eczema skin moisturised, hydrated and nourished.
Eczema is a common condition with one in five babies in Australia having eczema, but why do some babies get it and others don’t? It is more likely to affect babies who are born into families with a history of eczema, asthma and hayfever. In our family my husband has eczema and hay fever, and I’m not completely blameless having had asthma as a child. Children with eczema are also more likely to also develop asthma and hayfever, but these are not caused by eczema. The bottom line is eczema is passed onto our babies in our genes.
The first thing I wanted to know when my bub was diagnosed with eczema was, ‘will he grow out of his eczema?’ Knowing my husband still suffers from the occasional bout of eczema, and having recommended products to adults with eczema at the pharmacy, I knew there was a chance eczema would be with my bub for life.
Seeing your little eczema bub always uncomfortable, red, irritated and often scratching until he bleeds is a really hard thing to watch. I have lived it with my two eczema bubs and have also spoken to many mums and dads in the pharmacy and through itchy baby co. going through the same thing with their eczema babies and eczema toddlers. We all want to do everything we can to keep our eczema bubs as comfortable as possible and manage and treat their eczema as best we can.
It felt like as soon as I shared my three month old’s eczema diagnosis with family and friends everyone was telling me to get him allergy tested. Being a pharmacist I knew about allergy testing but I needed to find out how it could help me manage my baby’s eczema. A whole new chapter was waiting for me and my eczema baby.
We often are asked at itchy baby co. what is the best laundry detergent to use for my eczema child? Only natural that this question needs to be asked, after all we have all gone through allergy testing, elimination diets, a whole range of different eczema creams, doctor’s prescription creams and ointments for eczema, avoiding swimming lessons and trying our hardest to keep our eczema children as cool as possible in the heat. So, what’s left that we can do to help our eczema bubs?