Having trouble with baby eczema? We feel you! After experiencing eczema and other skin issues with our littles, we’ve become passionate about helping fellow moms find the best baby eczema treatment. First off, if you aren’t sure if your baby has eczema, it typically manifests as red, itchy, dry, and bumpy or “scaly” skin that doesn’t go away with just topical moisturizing. If this sounds familiar, here are some ways you can treat your baby’s eczema:
Ditch popular products
Figuring out triggers for your baby’s eczema is the first step to helping. A lot of times these triggers are fragrances and other chemicals in detergents, chemicals on new clothing, and ingredients in popular shampoos, lotions, and sunscreens. These chemicals are harmful to internal health as well, but are especially harmful to skin. Even products that have been trusted by the general public for years, and are advertised as being gentle for babies can have lots of harmful chemicals and fragrances in them! Ditch the mainstream brands and start using more natural, fragrance- and chemical-free soaps and detergents -- this can make a big difference!
Try a new diet
Certain foods can be a popular trigger for eczema depending on the child. Doing an elimination diet can help find what foods may trigger your baby’s eczema, and eliminating the top 8 allergens (gluten, dairy, soy, etc.) first is a good place to start. If breastfeeding, you as the mother can do this elimination diet. If formula feeding, switching to a dairy-free formula for a couple weeks could be worth it to see if it makes a difference. You can also go to your doctor or get an at-home allergy testing kit to test yours or your child’s blood for allergies. Be sure to be patient when eliminating foods, because sometimes foods take time to get out of one’s system and the difference might not be seen for a couple weeks. However, treating food allergies can be one of the best treatments for baby eczema!
Get a good topical treatment
Many people use store-bought lotions to treat baby eczema, and while some may be effective to a degree, many products have the problem we mentioned before; chemicals and fragrances that are harmful to sensitive skin! So what is the best product for baby eczema treatment? An all-natural, gentle, effective balm like our EmBeba Don’t Be Rash balm. Finding a balm or eczema lotion that is natural, meaning no fragrances, fillers, preservatives, etc. but that also doesn’t contain essential oils is imperative; essential oils can also harm sensitive skin. It also helps to find a product that is mold and heavy metals residue tested to ensure no toxins are sneaking onto your baby’s skin!
Finding the triggers and the right products for your baby’s skin can be time consuming, but is completely worth it! Eczema isn’t something that goes away quickly, and in some cases it never goes away fully, but learning how to manage and care for it will give your baby, and your family, a better quality of life.