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Guide to eczema in babies

Eczema in babies library

Everything you need to know to care for your little one’s itchy, dry skin

Eczema in babies

Here at itchy baby co. our number one goal is to support families as they deal with the emotional and practical challenges that often come with eczema and itchy, dry skin. The impact it has on the quality of your family life sometimes goes unrecognised and unsupported. Over the years, we have received hundreds of questions regarding all aspects of eczema in babies. Throughout that time, we have put out many blog posts that talk about these issues, and now they have been compiled together to create our eczema in babies library.

Here on this page you will find a comprehensive library on caring for your little one and their eczema, and itchy, dry skin. We break down the important issues facing you as a parent, including how to understand eczema and its triggers, how to manage eczema day to day using natural ingredients, and lastly how to survive babies and toddlers. We are updating this library each week with new content so check back in each Thursday to see what topic we tackle next. If you and your family are wanting to find out more about how to deal with eczema in your little one you have come to the right place – You are not alone and there is support out there for you. We hope this page can help you in some small way.

Love Julia & the itchy baby co team xx

Understanding eczema in babies

Colloidal oatmeal and eczema

The emotional heartache of watching your child attack their itchy skin in a scratch frenzy takes its toll in so many ways. Throughout all of this the one question that you keep asking yourself is what is eczema and why does my child have eczema?

Eczema is a condition where the skin is very itchy and dry causing the skin over time to harden in places. It is very common, with about one in 5 children under the age of 2 affected in Australia. It’s important to understand the differences between eczema and other skin rashes including psoriasis, hives and dermatitis. Understanding what is causing your child to have dry skin can help you in knowing what you can do to keep their skin healthy.

It is also important to speak to your healthcare professional about your little one’s eczema, which is why we give our top questions to ask your doctor about managing eczema.

heat and eczema

Why does heat make eczema worse?

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We’re coming into Summer which means beach days and picnics.…
is eczema hereditary?

Is eczema hereditary?

We still don’t know what actually causes eczema, and there…
helping my child's dry skin

My child has dry skin - what can I do to keep their skin healthy?

Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition where the skin becomes…
Why does my child have baby acne

My child has baby acne - what is it and how do I treat it?

If your baby has tiny red pimples on their face or body, they…
managing eczema and other skin rashes

Differences between eczema and other skin rashes?

Children can be affected by many different skin rashes, whether…
managing eczema questions for your doctor

Questions to ask your doctor about managing eczema

When we go to the doctors about managing eczema, we usually expect…

What are the triggers?

While the cause of eczema is relatively unknown, it is important to understand what the triggers are for your little one. Often these triggers can occur in the everyday environment and what can trigger one child doesn’t necessarily trigger another. Some of the more common triggers include stress, heat and dairy.

Triggers can also extend to the household, where things like pets, bath time and even dust mites can make that skin flare up! The more you know about the possible triggers the better prepared you can be to manage your child’s eczema.

Can sweating cause eczema flare-ups?

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Here in Australia we’re blessed with beautiful sunny days and…
Can stress make your child's eczema flare up?

Is stress a trigger for my child’s eczema?

Stress. Why is it that on the days my little boy went to daycare…
are pets good for children who have eczema?

What type of pets are good for children who have eczema?

Can children with eczema have pets? We all love pets, especially…
Does iron deficiency cause eczema?

Can iron deficiency cause itchy skin and trigger eczema?

Is there a link between Eczema and Iron deficiency? We like…
eczema in the heat and warm weather

What are some quick tips for helping eczema in the heat?

Trying to manage our children's eczema during the heat can be…
how does water affect eczema

How does water affect eczema?

We know to keep a check on making sure our children drink enough…

How do I manage eczema day to day?

Looking after your child’s eczema and dry skin can take a lot of time, which is especially difficult considering everything else you have to fit into your day. However, the key to managing eczema and dry skin is to find effective products for your child and to use them in a skin care routine every day which will help to  keep their eczema skin moisturised, hydrated and nourished.

In this section we take a look at managing eczema no matter if it’s hot, cold, spring or summer. We have tips to help your child stop itching, what household products not to buy and what clothes are best to wear.

We look at the face, hands, scalp and eyelids and give you advice on managing your baby’s eczema and dry skin no matter where it might be. There’s tips for your little one when they go on holiday, when they go swimming and when they go to school.

All of this together gives you the best knowledge on how to help your child with a daily eczema treatment.

three-step guide

Our three-step guide to soothe your little one's skin

If your child has eczema, you may feel overwhelmed and not know…
sun for eczema

Is sun good or bad for eczema?

Summer is a lovely time of year – swimming, picnics, days at…
spring remedies

Spring remedies for eczema

Spring is just around the corner, and whilst most of us are glad…

How to help soothe that tricky scalp area

The hair and scalp can be a tricky area to treat. The scalp can…
hydrating foods to pack in your child's lunch box

Hydrating foods to pack in your child's lunchbox to help dry skin

Which hydrating foods can help dry skin? "Make sure you drink…
summer can cause eczema flare ups

Ten ways to help your baby's eczema in the heat of Summer

The heat of Summer can trigger eczema flare ups and if the temperature,…

Why use natural ingredients?

Here at itchy baby co using natural ingredients is incredibly important to us. We wanted to create a skincare solution that helped your little one’s dry, itchy irritated skin without any of the added nasties.

If you want to know more about why you should use natural ingredients check out which natural skincare ingredients are in our products. Our products are packed with our favourite natural ingredient – colloidal oatmeal.

It’s just oatmeal though! How can an oatmeal bath help my child’s itchy, dry, eczema skin? It’s absorbed easily into the skin so that it can benefit from the protective, moisturising, anti-inflammatory properties of oats more easily and effectively than if they had not been finely milled. It’s super-soothing, non-irritating and is packed with antioxidants – so it’s no wonder that it’s the number one ingredient in all of our products.

Check out our blogs on shea butter and coconut oil as well to see how some of the other natural ingredients we use help to soothe your little one’s skin.

eczema moisturiser

Shea butter fun facts

Another one of our star products here at Itchy Baby Co is the…
Colloidal oatmeal and eczema

Colloidal oatmeal and eczema

What is colloidal oatmeal? Whenever we’re asked about our…
skincare natural ingredients

Which natural skincare ingredients are in our products?

In formulating our skincare range we spend a lot of time and…
eczema colloidal oatmeal bath itchy dry skin

It’s just OATMEAL! How can an oatmeal bath help my child’s itchy, dry, eczema skin?

I know, I get it, and I thought the exact same thing - oatmeal…

best baby skincare products to the test

The results of some of the best baby skincare products are out... We…
laundry detergent alternatives

Eczema and laundry detergent alternatives

Managing eczema can affect everything that our children’s skin…

Surviving with babies and toddlers

Sometimes what is a happy time in a parent’s life can also be really challenging. Toddlers and babies require a huge amount of love and care and can often leave a parent feeling overwhelmed.

This section deals with all the things that can help throughout this time in your little one’s life, including helping your baby to sleep, managing allergies and even how to control your temper when your toddler takes a turn for the worse.

The best online mum’s groups

Top 5 online mum groups

There’s nothing like being a first-time mum. You’re deep…
Top tips for weaning your baby off the dummy

Top tips for weaning your baby off the dummy

If you’ve decided it’s time for your child’s dummy to go,…
toddler self control

How can I teach my toddler self control?

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As soon as my little boy turned two it was as if his new found…
toddler feeling loved

Making my toddler feel they are loved

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There is little question that making your toddler feel valued,…
too much sugar for your toddler

What is too much sugar for my toddler?

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Lollies. For most an agreed occasional party food. But how about…
positive reinforcement

How to use positive reinforcement with my toddler

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Before I became a mum I didn’t really understand what positive…