#tubbytoddtip — Tips for Children with Eczema, part I
We have had so many questions about eczema on our feed lately. Because our family has dealt with eczema, I wanted to share what we have found helps prevent eczema flare ups. Our little guy Walker has had the roughest skin since he was born. At first I thought it was allergies, and I stopped eating dairy and taking out foods I thought he was allergic to. Although, often times children with allergies also have eczema, this was not the case for us. Our pediatrician diagnosed his condition as eczema, something I had heard of, but knew little about. Eczema affects about 10% to 20% of infants and about 3% of adults and children in the U.S. It is most common on infants on the back of their knees, necks, and basically anywhere those yummy baby rolls are found. The concern with eczema is that it irritates your child's skin, making them itch, and that the rashes will be open to infections.
The severity of your child's eczema will depend on the type of treatment you will need to take. Consult with your pediatrician before taking any steps to prevent or treat eczema. For our family, we have found that there are a lot of things we can do to prevent flare ups on our little man's skin. Here are some Tubby Tips for preventing eczema:
- Moisturize frequently- we make sure that after bath time we quickly dry off and always follow up with a natural lotion when skin is still moist. We then immediately put pajamas on to trap the moisture in overnight.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity- this can be especially prevented when it comes to bath water temperature. Test the temperature of your bath water before placing baby in to make sure it is not too warm. (Note: A good temperature for a baby's bath is 90 degrees F or lower.)
- Avoid sweating or overheating- during the summer months we made sure to have a fan close to his bed and find shade whenever possible.
- Avoid scratchy materials, such as wool.
- Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents- that is where Tubby Todd comes in! Over the last 18 months we have tried every natural product on the market. We have found that for our little guy's sensitive skin, the more natural the better. We are careful to keep him away from any product that contains parabens, sulfates or artificial fragrances. Doing so has made a huge difference in helping prevent flare ups with his eczema. Our primary goal when creating our soap was to make sure families could feel confident using our products, knowing that we have used the absolute safest materials for your little ones.
Hopefully a few of these tips will help your little ones who are suffering from eczema too. (Also check out part II of this series here). Let's be honest — babies are meant to be soft and smooth, and here at Tubby Todd it is our job to help your baby stay that way.
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