How to Treat Eczema
By Andrea Faulkner Williams
We have had so many questions about eczema on our feed lately! Because our family has personally dealt with eczema with a couple of our kids, 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. 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 tips from a mom who started her own bath and skin care company because I couldn't find products that worked on my son's skin. When your child is hurting and nothing's working, you'll do anything to find a solution!
10 TIPS FOR TREATING BABY ECZEMA
1. 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.
2. 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.)
3. Avoid sweating or overheating
During the summer months we make sure to have a fan close to his bed and find shade whenever possible. In the wintertime, make sure your child isn't getting too hot under his sweater + coat.
4. Avoid scratchy materials, such as wool
Best not to irritate or rub the skin any more than necessary! I prefer soft cotton undershirts, pajamas, and basics like Hannah Anderson and _____.
5. Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents
And that is where Tubby Todd comes in! When we started Tubby Todd Bath Co. in 2014, we had tried EVERY product that claimed to help eczema and every natural and organic product on the market. We 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. But just weren't finding anything that was getting rid of his eczema and preventing flare-ups. But once we started using our Lavender & Rosemary Hair and Body Wash, Dream Cream, and All Over Ointment every day, we saw a dramatic difference in our son's skin. Previously stubborn rough patches and red rashes faded and smoothed. He was no longer itchy and uncomfortable. It was incredible.
Design button: How Tubby Todd fights eczema
6. Use natural products
Just like technology gets outdated, so does skin care and washes. Although some major brands still sell baby washes, lotions, and bubble bath that are not safe for kids, it doesn't mean we should trust them and buy them for our kids. Bath wash, lotions, and ointments have come a long way in even the last five years. Natural products are safer, cleaner, and more gentle on sensitive skin, eczema, and other skin issues. They're the best way to keep skin soft and clear.
7. Salt Water
We live just 15 minutes from the beach and I have found that salt water is really helpful for his eczema. Perfect excuse for a beach vacation? :)
8. Fewer Baths
This one is so hard for me. My kids like to play hard, get dirty, and I don't believe babies should smell bad. But, I will say that this has been one of the things that helps Walker most. When his eczema is really bad I only bathe him every other day. NOTE: I have found that bathing him but just not using soap does not help. Many natural products have moisturizing agents so it is important to remember that putting kids in water and not using a good product on them is only worsening the condition and not really leaving them clean.
9. Use a thick ointment to coat rash
After trying hundreds of creams and ointments, I made my own. I now sell them online and in children's boutiques all over the world. I recommend a layer of Dream Cream, and then a layer of All Over Ointment at every diaper change.
10. Be consistent
My new policy is to treat his rashy areas at every diaper change. This helps me remember a few times a day and healing happens much more quickly. Layer Everyday Lotion or Dream Cream with All Over Ointment as often as you remember. During the times when his rashes are under control, use Lavender & Rosemary Everday Lotion as a whole-body moisturizer every night. Always lotion your child after bath time to seal in moisture.
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5 MORE TIPS FOR PREVENTING ECZEMA FLARE-UPS
- Products with harsh chemicals. I've seen a reaction in his skin when I put him in the tub after using a cleaner that is not 100% natural. I've also seen reactions when he gets his hands on shampoo, lotion or any other skincare product that contains artificial fragrances and ingredients. Ditch dirty products and use natural washes and lotions like this and this ONLY.
- Extreme changes in temperature. I have been surprised just how sensitive Walker is to hot baths and showers. Keep bathwater lukewarm.
- Missing a day of moisturizing. Eczema really is nothing more than dry, itchy skin. If I neglect to moisturize his skin when it is healthy and smooth he will eventually break out again. So keep on top of their daily skincare routine for the best consistent results.
- Any unseen variables. Swimming pools with chlorine, rough surfaces at the playground, traveling in different sleeping situations are all things that have caused his rashes to flare. This is one of the reasons eczema flare-ups are so frustrating. Sometimes he has a reaction and we can't pinpoint why.
Eczema is so frustrating and I would never wish it on any family. What triggered my interest in starting Tubby Todd Bath Co. is helping provide the best skincare solutions for our family. Whether it is about our products or others, I love hearing feedback on what works on eczema from other parents because I sincerely hope we can join together in helping our little ones.
Hopefully a few of these tips will help your little ones who are suffering from eczema too. Babies are meant to be soft and smooth, and here at Tubby Todd it is our job to help your baby stay that way.
Leave your comments below! Have you tried Tubby Todd products for treating eczema? What do you use that works on your eczema flare-ups?
NOTE: Every child is different and will require a different course of action. Discuss all treatment plans with your pediatrician.
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