Baby Eczema: What Does it Look Like? AND How to Treat it NATURALLY! (PICTURES)
So what is baby eczema?
It is a condition that causes the skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. It’s one of the most common skin problems in babies and there are several types of eczema. The most common one is called Atopic Dermatitis. It causes dry, scaly, and itchy patches on the baby’s skin that often appear on the scalp, forehead, and face.
Baby eczema doesn’t look like adult eczema. While adults may notice eczema patches on their hands, feet, or torso, newborns up to six months of age get eczema primarily on their faces.
It is estimated that about 13 percent of all children have Atopic Dermatitis and if you factor in other types of eczema it goes up as high as 20 percent.
What causes eczema in babies
One of the biggest factors in whether or not a child develops eczema is genetics. If the baby has a relative diagnosed with eczema, the risks of developing baby eczema are higher.
In addition, environmental triggers affect future flare-ups. Let’s talk about the most common triggers.
Dry skin or irritants in products such as soap, shampoo, and even household cleaning products can be triggers.
Air pollution, hot summer weather, or the heat from a hot bath can have negative effects! Sweat can also trigger eczema.
Another common one could be allergies to pet dander, pollen, and dust.
An allergy to cow’s milk or other foods in mama’s diet can contribute to eczema. Other common allergens include gluten and wheat, citrus, coffee, eggs, soy, and nuts.
Babies can also inherit an imbalanced gut flora or develop one as a result of antibiotic use. Consider adding probiotics to your baby’s daily routine to combat this.
An overreactive immune response is also possible. This can be caused by stress, poor nutrition, or problems with the enzyme production in the body.
Does Eczema in Babies Go Away?
There is good news: Most children outgrow their eczema.
In the meantime, you can ease symptoms by treating baby eczema naturally.
Coconut oil is known for its hydrating and anti-bacterial properties, and it’s a popular choice for babies skincare. According to studies, it helps greatly with eczemas too.
Try out vitamin B12! A randomized, placebo-controlled study revealed that vitamin B12 is a good treatment for children with eczema.
Another great option is Calendula cream. It’s been known to help soothe many skin conditions, including baby eczema.
Did you know that fish intake in older babies helps reduce eczema? If your baby doesn’t like fish, try cod liver oil. It’s also beneficial because it contains vitamin D.
Have you heard of a thing called an oatmeal bath? You’ve probably noticed that many eczema products on the shelf contain oatmeal. That’s because oatmeal is soothing to your skin!
Low levels of vitamin D are associated with eczema. If you don’t get enough sunshine, vitamin D supplements may be of great help
Magnesium creams were found to relieve eczema and other skin conditions. I use a special magnesium lotion specifically designed for children and babies.
And if dairy milk is a trigger for your baby, the easiest course of action is to simply remove dairy from your diet.
But Can You Prevent Baby Eczema?
Unfortunately, you cannot prevent eczema with 100 percent certainty. Remember that genetics is a big factor, but you can minimize the risks.
The first and most important step is to avoid the common environmental triggers, as well as certain inflammatory foods, such as:
And white bread as well as other products made from refined, processed flours.
Fortunately, there are GOOD foods you can feed your baby that may help prevent eczema:
Some of those foods are:
Fatty fish! As I said earlier, fish consumption in general helps reduce eczema. If you are worried about mercury consumption, choose fish that are lower on the food chain, like mackerels and sardines. Fish can be added to a baby’s diet very early on—from six months and up. However, do not introduce shellfish, which can be an allergen.
Don’t Forget Water! This isn’t a food per se, but staying hydrated is extremely important if you have eczema. If you are breastfeeding, just make sure your baby is nursing frequently.
Note that if you’re breastfeeding, you can help your baby by consuming these foods and pass on the anti-inflammatory benefits to it as well.
If you aren’t sure what food is causing your baby’s distress, try an elimination diet and keep a food diary. You may be surprised just how many foods can cause flare-ups!