As a pharmacist and mum to two eczema babies I have received a lot of mixed advice on how to bathe an eczema baby. It seems current advice is bathing at least once a day is recommended as part of good eczema care plan. And when I think about it, it’s pretty easy to see why it is important to bathe your eczema baby regularly. Water washes away any loose eczema scales or flakey skin which allows the skin to better absorb moisturiser. Bathing regularly can also reduce the bacteria which can lead to infection.
top tips to bathe eczema babies
- Water temperature is really important – it has to be lukewarm and if you’re not confident in getting the temperature right buy a bath thermometer. If the water is too hot it can aggravate eczema.
- Use bath toys when you bathe to distract your eczema baby from itching and scratching.
- Avoid any bath products with parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS, SLES) these ingredients are known to irritate eczema skin. Itchy baby co. bath soaks are natural products which leave a thin film on the skin and act as a barrier to trap moisture which stops the skin from drying out. They also have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties.
- Use very soft washers or I have recently started using microfibre cloths to wash my eczema babies.
- Keep bathtime short – no wrinkly fingers! About ten minutes is ideal is ideal to bathe.
- Dry your eczema very gently – I find cuddling my eczema babies is a good way to dry them gently. During bad flare-ups I use an old, soft t-shirt to dry them which can be softer than a towel.
- Immediately after you have dried your eczema baby moisturise quickly and generously. This is the best time to moisturise because the skin is ready to soak up hydration.
- Rinse the tub after bathtime is over. Use only skin friendly cleaning products keeping harsh detergents away from eczema skin.
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Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.