Eczema can be a painful condition for babies. Itchy, dry skin, itchy spots, and dry patches are just some of the symptoms. It can be difficult to treat eczema, as it often goes hand in hand. There are many home remedies that you can use to treat baby eczema. The first step in any treatment for eczema should be to moisturize baby’s skin.
- Apply natural aloe vera lotion several times per day, especially after bathing baby. To prevent baby’s skin drying out, reapply as needed.
- Avoid harsh cleansers, and ensure that baby has plenty of water to moisturize the skin from the inside.
- Breastfed babies have fewer and milder episodes than those who are not breastfed.
- An oatmeal bath can soothe itchy skin and help heal it. Two cups of oats can be put in a food processor or coffee grinder and ground into a powder. Stir the oatmeal powder into a warm, but not hot, water bath. After 15 minutes in the oatmeal bath, rinse off with warm water. Dry the skin with a soft towel. It is safe to give baby an oatmeal bath twice daily if they are suffering from severe eczema.
- The following natural skin cleanse is gentle and relieves itching. In a bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of comfrey root with 1 teaspoon of white oak bark and 1 teaspoon of slippery elm Bark. Mix it well and then put it in a pot. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool down, strain the solids, and then use the liquid as a face wash. Although it may not be able to completely eliminate eczema in babies, this gentle, effective cleanser will reduce itching and inflammation.
- Look out for lotions made with blueberry leaves. Blueberry leaves are excellent at relieving eczema’s inflammation and improving itching.
- Zinc is another important ingredient. Apply zinc lotion directly to the affected area. Zinc can also taken as a supplement in pill form. Zinc can be used to treat eczema if taken regularly.
- Use a vitamin E lotion or rub vitamin E oil directly onto the skin to help heal it. It will reduce itching and speed up healing. Apply the vitamin E oil to the skin until it is completely healed.
Some babies develop eczema from being allergic to detergents. These detergents are found in almost all laundry and personal care products. To see if your baby’s eczema improves, you might consider using pure soap for cleaning and laundry. Food allergies can also cause eczema. Your baby could also be sensitive to certain foods or substances if you have a history of allergies. Talk to your baby’s doctor about possible allergen testing and an elimination diet. Most babies will eventually get over eczema. This article is for informational purposes only. Before you try home remedies, please consult your baby’s doctor.