1. Understand Your Child’s Eczema Triggers.
If your baby is particularly sensitive to certain irritants or environmental allergens, such as cigarette smoke or pollen, it is best to avoid these potential triggers. Certain allergenic foods such as peanuts and eggs may also trigger eczema.
2. Try a Lukewarm Bath.
This can help soothe the pain of an eczema rash and hydrate the skin. It is important to use lukewarm water, as water that’s too hot or cold could potentially exacerbate the pain of a rash. Adding soothing products like colloidal oatmeal can also help soothe an itch.
3. Apply Moisturizer.
Moisturizer is best applied after you bathe your baby, since this will help lock in the moisture — especially important if your baby suffers from dry skin. Over-the-counter, paraben-free eczema creams or emollients with ceramides can help improve the strength of the skin barrier and prevent irritated skin.
4. Try Different Types of Fabrics.
Some fabrics, like wool, may trigger a rash for babies with eczema. The highly breathable cotton fabric is usually a good choice.
5. Prevent Your Baby From Scratching.
Distracting and entertaining them as much as you can. When this doesn’t work, or you need a break, try swaddling them. This can be comforting and prevent them from itching at the same time. Eczema mittens can also keep the baby from scratching when they’re out and about.