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Baby Eczema Treatment

Updated on August 9, 2009

Eczema is a fairly common skin condition, directly associated with dry skin, that causes uncomfortable irritation and rash in affected areas.

The condition can be really troublesome, especially in babies, and young children. This is due to the fact that they usually fail to observe the golden rule of eczema - not to scratch excessively.

Because of this, treatment of baby eczema is often more difficult, more challenging and requires extremely diligent care.

If your baby is showing symptoms of eczema, panic not, as there are ways to treat eczema in baby. In fact, if the condition is not too severe, home remedies can often be equally effective, if not more, than doctor's prescribed baby eczema treatment.

What does baby eczema look like?
What does baby eczema look like?

How to Treat Baby Eczema?

Since eczema is directly associated with dry skin, the obvious first method of treatment is with heavy use of a good moisturizer.

This should be done right after baths, which should, incidentally, be had at least twice a day. This will ensure that the skin retains its moisture, thus reducing the severity of the condition.

Also, it's suggested that these baths should be had using cold water, so as to not further irritate the skin, and should use a mild soap for the same reason.

The moisturizer should be applied heavily, and the strength of moisturizer, to be used, varies with the severity of the irritation.

Another baby eczema treatment, for use during an episode of somewhat severe rash, and irritation, is that of a "soaking wrap".

This simple, but effective, natural treatment employs wrapping the baby in thoroughly moist (with room temperature water) cloths and putting the child to lay down, while covered in a blanket. After about an hour, the wraps can be removed and the skin should be moisturized heavily, as stated above.

If the condition is too severe, a doctor will need to prescribe anti-inflammatory cream to help reduce rash, and skin damage.

To what I've come to know, there are many over the counter eczema creams. One of the best and most effective is Gentle Natural ® baby eczema cream.

It is also critical that one ensures that the eczema is kept in check because untreated rash can become infected and require oral anti-biotics to prevent any eventualities as bad as sepsis (blood poisoning).

Any sign of pus, or badly damaged skin(possibly bleeding as a result of scratching) should be addressed by a doctor, or a dermatologist, as soon as possible.

Treatment of baby eczema can be daunting but it doesn't need to be overly complicated. With the proper approach, the condition can be kept in check until the child grows out of it, as they usually do.

Most cases of baby eczema can be easily kept to a minimal effect without putting excessive strain on parents/caregivers.

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