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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.

how to help our children's eczema in summer

How do I manage my children's eczema better in Summer?

Our children's eczema is easily affected by changes in weather.…
what is the best cream for eczema

Difference between a cream and an ointment for eczema?

Finding a suitable moisturiser, whether it be an ointment or…
do eczema flare ups improve with age?

Do eczema flare ups get better as my child grows older?

All the time, but especially when our child is experiencing an…
What is nummular eczema, how do I manage and treat it?

What is nummular eczema and how do I treat and manage it?

Nummular eczema (also called nummular dermatitis) is an itchy…
managing scratching skin

How can I help my eczema child stop scratching their skin?

When your child keeps scratching their eczema skin, nerve endings…
what i sthe difference between eczema and hives

What is the difference between eczema and hives?

Hives and eczema are two skin conditions which often get confused.…

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.

Eczema and dust mites

Dust mites and eczema

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.

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…
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 bath

How often should you bath a baby with eczema?

Can I bath my eczema baby every night? Regular bath time is…
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…
managing eczema with lifestyle

What lifestyle behaviours can help to manage eczema?

Managing eczema can affect every part of our lifestyle from what…
helping eczema and dry skin

How do I help manage my baby's eczema and dry skin?

Looking after your child’s eczema and dry skin can take a lot…

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.

coconut oil and baby eczema

All you need to know about coconut oil for baby eczema

Can coconut oil really be an effective treatment for baby eczema?…
target eczema naturally

How can I treat eczema naturally?

  When it became clear my baby had eczema the first question…
colloidal oatmeal

How does colloidal oatmeal help treat eczema: the research behind it

Oatmeal has been used for hundreds of years to soothe itchy and…
What is the best eczema cream for my baby?

What is the best eczema cream for my baby?

I’m often asked what is the best eczema cream to use for my…
Soothing itchy skin

Soothing Itchy Skin

Baby eczema is almost always itchy and sometimes itchy skin starts…

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.

Surviving with two kids under two

Surviving with two kids under two

Yes, I was one of the crazy mums who planned two kids under two.…
Eczema and asthma

Managing your toddler's asthma

Winter infections are made a little more serious if you have…
Boosting your baby's immune system

Boosting your baby's immune system

With winter coming and two toddlers attending germ heaven (aka…
screen time for infants

How much screen time is recommended for infants?

When it comes to screen time, what I hear time and time again…
vegetables, toddler, fussy

My toddler won’t eat vegetables

I have been battling with my toddler to eat vegetables ever…