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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.

treatment of peanut allergy and anaphylaxis

Update on treating peanut allergy and peanut anaphylaxis

Peanut allergy and life-threatening anaphylaxis is most common…
eczema and the gut

How does gut health affect eczema?

The gastrointestinal system, or the gut does more than absorb…
dairy products and eczema

Can dairy products and dairy proteins cause eczema?

If your child has an allergy to dairy products, this can be a…
there is a relationship between lupin and peanut allergy

What is the connection between lupin and peanut allergy? 

Food allergies to a variety of foods are common in children…
how do I manage eczema without a cure? need eczema cure

What is the best eczema cure for my child?

There is no eczema cure yet. The emotional burden eczema causes…
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What is the risk of my eczema child developing asthma and hay fever?

Eczema is commonly associated with hay fever, food allergies…

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.

dairy and eczema

Does dairy trigger eczema?

When we talk about our children’s eczema we hear a lot about…
eczema and house dust mite

Eczema and house dust mite allergy

There are so many triggers which can affect our children’s…
eczema environment triggers

How can our environment trigger contact eczema?

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Contact dermatitis or contact eczema is what we call eczema that…
baby eczema

Does my baby have eczema? - our feature in mouths of mums

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This week we appeared in popular online parenting website, Mouths…
baby eczema

Our feature in Mouths of Mums - stress and eczema

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Last week we were featured in popular online parenting website, 'Mouths…
Eczema and dust mites

Dust mites and eczema

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We were getting ready to move house and amongst all the chaos…

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.

skincare natural ingredients

Which natural skincare ingredients are in our products?

In formulating our skincare range we spend a lot of time and…
going on holidays with eczema

Holiday packing when your child has eczema and itchy, dry skin

Sounds strange but I always find myself delaying our family holidays…
atopic dermatitis and eczema

What is the difference between atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis?

When your child has eczema we are often so absorbed in finding…
what is the atopic triad and eczema

What is the Atopic Triad and why is it important for eczema?

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What is an Atopic Triad? So, you have found out your child has…
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…
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…

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.

natural skin care for eczema

natural skin care for eczema

Managing eczema is a commitment to trying our best to help our…
How can coconut oil help eczema?

How can coconut oil help eczema?

Coconut oil is one of those natural wonders you keep hearing…
itchy baby co. natural moisturiser

why is itchy baby co. natural moisturiser different?

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Most of you know my story and I’m sure it’s similar to yours.…
moisturiser for eczema

what is the best moisturiser for eczema?

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Finding a moisturiser which helps your little one’s eczema…
grow out of eczema

will my child grow out of their eczema

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The first thing I wanted to know when my bub was diagnosed with…
treat baby eczema

How can I treat my baby's eczema?

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Seeing your little eczema bub always uncomfortable, red, irritated…

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.

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How to be an organised mum.... my journey

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Sometimes my days start and end and there’s a whirlwind that…
mummy guilt

How I deal with mummy guilt

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Mummy guilt doesn’t discriminate. Mummy guilt can strike if…
How I manage my temper with toddlers

How I manage my temper with toddlers

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We all get angry with our toddlers sometimes and I am definitely…
The rise of allergies in children

The rise of allergies in children

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Why are allergies rising in Australia? These days there seems…
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Balancing work and family

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I have just finished reading Annabel Crabb’s The Wife Drought.…