Tips and Ideas forBaby Eczema

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					Baby Eczema

Baby eczema is becoming more and more common in western societies. If your baby
has it, you are not the only parent to be wondering what to do. It can be very upsetting
to see your baby so uncomfortable. If you are worried about your baby's eczema, you
should mention it to your doctor or to the staff at any baby care clinic that you attend.

What Is Eczema?

Ezcema is an irritating skin rash that your baby will want to scratch. It can start at any
age, but most commonly first appears between the ages of 2 months and 24 months. It
usually appears on the head (cheeks, forehead and scalp), although babies may have it
on other parts of the body too.

Eczema is believed to be caused by the baby not being able to tolerate some elements
in food or the environment. Infant eczema is on the increase and most people believe
this is as result of more pollution and chemicals entering our bodies in our modern
industrial societies. There also seems to be a hereditary element in the tendency to
develop eczema.

It eases as children get older, and a large number outgrow it completely, but that is not
much comfort to the parent who has a sore, red, crying baby right now!

What Can I Do For My Baby's Eczema?

There are many things that you can do to ease your baby's eczema. Firstly, make sure
your baby's skin does not become too dry. You can find a very mild cream suitable for
baby eczema to apply all over, immediately after bathing your baby. In the bath, do
not have the water too warm and use a special mild soap. Ordinary soaps and lotions
could irritate the skin.

Dress your baby in 100% cotton. Man-made fabrics can cause the skin to sweat,
leading to more irritation. Avoid wool and anything that feels scratchy on the skin.
Also, make sure that you always wash all the family's clothes, bed sheets, towels, etc
in a very mild detergent suitable for people with sensitive skin. Any time you hold
your baby, he or she comes in contact with your clothes and could be affected by the
detergent you are using.

Keep the house as clean as possible. Dust mites are very common in most households
and hard to avoid if you have many rugs and carpets, but regular vacuum cleaning can
help. Babies may also react to pollen, so you could try keeping flowers out of the
house for a while. Animals are another common cause of irritation. If you have a pet,
try to keep the house as free as possible from their hairs.

Diet is often a factor and many parents switch their babies from cow's milk products
to soy because of eczema. Other foods may be irritating your baby's system too. Ask
your doctor if your baby can be tested for food intolerances. If you are breastfeeding,
you will have to eliminate any foods your baby cannot tolerate from your own diet.
But make sure that you and your baby are still getting all the nutrients that you need.
The final point is to stop the baby scratching, as that will only make him or her more
uncomfortable. Keep your baby's fingernails short and smooth, and have your baby
wear cotton mittens and socks at all times to lessen the damage that scratching will

Finally, if it persists, do speak to your doctor about your baby eczema problem.

Nathan Jameson Nathan Jameson President
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