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How often should you bath a baby with eczema?

Can I bath my eczema baby every night?

Regular bath time is very important for your eczema child because bath time helps to cleanse the skin to stop irritation at the skin’s surface and also prepare the skin to absorb the most amount of hydration from applying moisturiser to dampened skin. 

Children with eczema often have irritated, itchy and red skin on different parts of the body. This can be because of an overactive immune system causing issues and deficiency in the skin barrier. This results in bacteria and other allergens being able to get into your child’s skin, as well as the skin not being able to retain enough moisture making the skin dry, itchy and irritated. Regular bathing can help to wash the bacteria and allergens away from the skin’s surface as well as increase the amount of moisture we are able to add to the skin.

How does regular bathing add moisture to the skin and help eczema?

Eczema and dry skin go hand in hand and the most effective way to hydrate your child’s body is by adding the extra moisture it needs – and there is no better way to do this than by bathing and moisturising to reduce flare ups and lessen the need to itch and scratch dry and irritated skin.

Important rules to follow with bathing and eczema:

  • keep bath time short, no longer than ten minutes
  • make sure the bath water is lukewarm – not too hot and not too cold
  • avoid using soaps and bubble baths which can really dry the skin out by stripping it bare of its surface protection
  • add a moisturising and cleansing bath soak to the lukewarm bath water
  • towel drying by gently patting is effective as it leaves the skin slightly damp, ready for the moisturiser to be used, without drying out and irritating the skin too much
  • moisturise the skin within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath
  • did  I mention moisturise…

More tips for bathing an eczema child

  • micro-fibre towels are good for drying the skin after a bath because they are so soft and don’t tend to ‘harden’ in the washing machine
  • cuddle your child dry, rather than wiping the towel around their body
  • always avoid waterless, antibacterial cleansers as they often contain chemicals that are rough on the skin and may increase the incidence of flare ups 

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love and care from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

 

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. We often think winter is the toughest time of the year for eczema skin because of the dry air, cold temperatures and low humidity, making the skin more susceptible to eczema flare ups. However, summer also plays a role in our children’s eczema, triggering flare ups and severe itching. What changes can we make to better manage our children’s eczema in Summer? 

How does Summer affect our children’s eczema?

During warm weather, your child will sweat more to try and regulate their body temperature, causing water loss from your child’s body and drying out their skin.  This can break down the skin’s natural barrier, making it harder to keep bacteria and irritants away from the body and increase the risk of infection.

Sweat contains trace amounts of chemicals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron, which may be irritating to the skin. Heat also stimulates the itch reflex, making your child itchier than normal, so it is important to make sure your child is kept in a cool environment and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.

To add to the impact of warm weather and eczema, children with eczema have more difficulty regulating heat and allowing it to escape from the surface of the skin. This means that their skin is warmer than others, and warm, hot skin is itchy skin.

How we can help our children’s eczema Summer

  • Drink plenty of water

It is important to make sure your child is drinking plenty of water to help keep the body’s core temperature from rising. Also, try to avoid the hottest part of the day to minimise flare ups and have better control of your child’s body temperature. Ice blocks are also a great way to cool down and hydrate your child.

  • Eczema Friendly diet

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition and histamine is released into the body as part of an allergic reaction. A diet rich in foods which have anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties can help to reduce eczema flare ups. These foods include broccoli, apples, cherries, spinach and kale. Fatty fish contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acid, which is also a strong anti-inflammatory. It is important to give your child foods with a high-water content such as cucumbers, apples, celery, carrots and pears to help keep their body hydrated.

  • Moisturise daily

Be sure to keep your child’s regular moisturiser with you at all times because the moisturiser will act as a barrier on the skin to keep away from unwanted bacteria and prevent infection.  The best time to moisturise is within two minutes of taking your little one out of the water while the skin is still damp as this is the optimum time for absorbing moisture into the skin.

  • Eczema and swimming

Although chlorine from swimming pools can aggravate your child’s eczema, it can also help to reduce the bacteria which causes infection in eczema skin. You can help lessen the irritation from chlorine by applying moisturiser half an hour before swimming as this will provide a barrier on the skin so it it less affected by chlorine. Try your best to avoid warm water in pools (such as baby wading pools and spas) as warm water can increase the chances of flare ups. A lukewarm shower immediately after the pool followed by moisturising will remove chlorine from the skin, minimising contact and aggravation.

  • Regular bathing

Regular bathing in lukewarm water, for about 10 minutes is important in managing eczema because it helps to wash any irritants that may be sitting on the skin’s surface. Make sure to check that the water is not too hot as this can trigger intense itching.

  • Stick to daily eczema skincare routine

The most important part of managing your child’s eczema is sticking to their eczema skin care routine to ensure the skin is nourished and hydrated. There are a range of ointments and creams which can be used to give as much moisture as possible against triggers to manage dry skin. Moisturisers and other skin care products for your child’s eczema can be found in our itchy baby co. shop.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.

 

Eight facts about eczema all parents should know

Eight facts about eczema all parents should know

What is eczema?

Eczema is a condition where the skin is very itchy and dry and over time the skin can harden in places. It follows a pattern of flaring up and then improving. There’s usually no single factor responsible for an eczema flare up. In between flare up the skin is usually dry and flakey.

How common is it?

In Australia about one in 5 children under 2 are affected. More than 6 million Australians have suffered with eczema at some point, most of these before they turn five years old.

What causes it?

It is not very well understood what causes it, although it is generally agreed that genetics plays a role. The skin barrier in people who have eczema does not work as well as in people who don’t have it. In people who have eczema, the skin lets moisture easily escape, which makes it dry and it also allows irritants to get into the skin which can make it itchy and inflamed.

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