Posted by Johanna Schoeffert

Eczema in babies tends to develop around 2-3 months of age. It is largely hereditary based and is often referred to as Atopic Dermatitis or Atopic Eczema. There is no cure, but there are ways to help improve the condition and reduce irritation. Make sure you have a correct diagnosis that the condition is Eczema. Some helpful points to bear in mind to manage the baby’s condition:
  • Bathing: Always use a soap free emollient product suitable for babies – why not try one of the Ovelle emollients such as Aqueous Cream, Emulsifying Ointment or Silcocks Base – or alternatively use our Elave Baby Range. Many ordinary baby bath formulas are not suitable for eczema.
  • Don’t bathe or wash a baby with water only: This has been shown to dry the skin further particularly in hard water areas.

With severe eczema, bathing is paramount in fighting infection. There are specific products that have been designed to fight infected eczema. Try using a barrier cream such as Ovelle Paraffin Gel to create a protective and moisture layer to the skin.

  • Moisturise: Keeping baby’s skin moisturised can help reduce discomfort. You may need to apply an emollient several times a day and certainly after bathing.
  • Use special clothing: There is a great range of specific garments that soothe the skin and protect from scratching. They are of huge benefit to both baby and parent. Avoid itchy fabrics such as wool – instead go for cotton garments.
  • Keep nails short: No sharp edges.
  • Keep pets away: Pet hair can be a common irritant.
  • Go dust free: Keep the baby’s room as dust free as possible. Limit soft toys and furnishings.
  • Don’t use synthetic bedding.
  • Don’t use strong detergents: When washing clothing and bedding – use a non-bio washing product. Don’t use fabric conditioner.
  • Room temperature: Do not over heat baby or the room they are sleeping in.
  • Diet: There is a limited evidence that suggests sensitivity to foods can cause eczema flare up. General advice when weaning is to introduce one food at a time so that you can notice any reactions. NEVER RESTRICT BABY’S DIET WITHOUT SEEKING MEDICAL ADVICE FIRST.