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

If your child has eczema, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start when it comes to soothing their skin. We thought we’d share this easy, three-step guide to getting your child’s eczema under control so you can feel empowered and confident.

Diagnosis 

There are a number of types of eczema, each with its own range of symptoms, triggers and varying degrees of severity. Whilst some children may only have mild dryness and itching, others can experience sever and painful symptoms. Always get diagnosed by your GP so you know which type of eczema you’re dealing with. You may still need to try different treatments to find the ones that work best for your child. Once you do, stick to that routine.

Management 

Which brings us to our final point – management. Once you know the type and severity of your little one’s eczema, create a management plan and stick to it. This will include everything from avoiding triggers and preparing for changes in the seasons, to stocking up on the right kinds of supplies and creating lasting routines. Treatment can range from natural solutions like colloidal oatmeal and oils, to topical steroid creams for sever eczema symptoms.

Let’s move on to some steps you can take to give your child the best chance of experiencing healthy, happy skin…

Step 1. Soak it up with daily bath time

A ten minute, luke warm bath gives us a chance not only to add moisture into the skin, but it also washes triggers away from the skins surface and prepares the skin to absorb more moisture after the bath. Using a bath product which leaves a thin film on the skin to stop it from drying out is an important step in managing your child’s eczema, we recommend our natural oatmeal bath soak during bath time.

Step 2. Spread the love to scalps & faces

Eczema can affect all parts of the body, especially scalps and faces. These areas can sometimes need different types of products, such as scalp oil and face mask. The best time to look after these areas is before you have moisturised your little ones body.

Step 3. Seal it in with an eczema moisturiser

What you do immediately after you take your child out of the bath or after using the face mask is the next step in your eczema skin care routine. Within two minutes of taking your child out of the bath generously apply eczema moisturiser to their skin in downward motions. This helps the skin’s natural barrier to lock in hydration and stop irritation and possibly infection. To maintain the hydration in your child’s skin you will also need to moisturise at least twice more throughout the day.

If your child has eczema, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start when it comes to soothing their skin. Our starter pack includes all the goodness you need to complete our three-step routine to help your little one feel some relief.

I hope this has helped you get started in understanding what an eczema skin care routine is and how you can get started in managing your child’s eczema and itchy, dry, skin.

This blog post was brought to you and your child 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.

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 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.

What is the most effective way to manage my baby’s eczema and dry skin?

Coupled with sticking to your everyday skincare routine which will add moisture into the skin and stop irritants causing inflammation, is to avoid triggers that can worsen eczema symptoms. Make sure to also dress your baby in loose clothes made of cotton, to avoid irritation of clothing rubbing on skin and stop the skin overheating.

What can make eczema and dry skin worse in my baby?

Your child’s eczema may be different to someone else’s but there are some common triggers to avoid:

  • Dry skin

Dry skin can make your baby itchier, so it is important to try and apply moisture on your baby consistently and avoid dry environments. Dry skin also creates environment which bacteria love to live in, which when your child scratches their skin can lead to infection and inflammation.

  • Irritants

These can be from clothes such as wool or polyester, or from soaps such as perfumed detergents and body soaps. Look for products which don’t contain drying and irritating agents like SLES, SLS, EDTA, parabens.

  • Heat and sweat

Heat is the most common eczema trigger because it causes the body to sweat when it tries to regulate the body temperature. Sweat takes all the moisture out of the skin, and increases the likeliness of bringing irritants to the surface where they can aggravate and inflame the skin.

  • House dust mites

These are tiny insects which live in your home, especially in humid climates. When eczema skin comes into contact with these allergens, it can increase skin inflammation and itchiness. Even though it is not possible to get rid of house dust mites completely, there are ways to reduce dust mites by wet dusting and vacuuming regularly.

How can I put moisture back into my baby’s skin?

Regular lukewarm baths washes away any bacteria or allergens that may have built up on your baby’s skin, minimising the possibility of infection. Using a hydrating and moisturising bath soak in the bath will add moisture into your child’s skin as well as strengthening the skin’s natural protective barrier. When you take your baby out of the bath, make sure not to dry them out completely as moisturisers work best on damp skin. Maintaining a regular eczema skincare routine for your child will help keep them stay hydrated and help form a barrier to keep allergens and irritants out.

This post was brought to you and your child with love by 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.