HOW TO COPE WITH BABY ECZEMA, NAPPY RASH,
AND SKIN IRRITATION IN NEWBORNS
Many newborns suffer from itchy skin conditions, including eczema, and general irritation of their sensitive skin. Whilst each of these conditions has its own specific characteristics and solutions (read on for full details), all will benefit from a simple daily care routine to keep baby soothed and comfortable:
• Bathe baby in lukewarm water
• Use a very mild, soap-free cleansing cream or gel
• Gently pat dry
• Apply ultra-gentle protective creams
• Change nappies frequently
• Use sun protection
• Choose baby-safe, hypoallergenic laundry detergent
• Introduce new foods one at a time to be sure to spot any allergic reactions
Recognise the most common
baby skin conditions
BABY ECZEMA-PRONE SKIN
Proper care for newborn eczema makes life easier for the whole family
Irritable skin conditions such as newborn eczema can cause a great deal of discomfort and pain for infants. Irritated by itching sensations, babies cry, become agitated, and are unable to sleep. A sleepless baby can disrupt life for the entire family, so parents need to know how to treat baby eczema, prevent flare-ups, and care for their newborn’s skin. There is hope, we promise, so read on!
What is newborn eczema?
Eczema or atopic dermatitis has a genetic component and runs in families. Eczema is caused by constitutionally dry skin (skin that is dry by nature, rather than skin that has become dry after being exposed to harsh products for example) and is vulnerable to allergens and irritants, which penetrate the skin causing intense itching.
In newborns, eczema is generally found on the face, but it may also develop in the skin folds around knees, wrists, and elbows as your baby grows.
Will eczema scar my baby?
In and of itself, baby eczema does not cause scarring. If your baby’s eczema becomes severely infected, and this remains untreated, it could potentially leave scarring behind. If your baby’s eczema looks like it might be infected (if it is oozing pus, or covered in golden crusts or open sores), always consult your primary care doctor (GP).
Baby eczema may diminish over time, but meanwhile you need to learn how to manage it
In older children, eczema becomes less common, and, in 50% of cases, eczema gradually goes away by the age of about five years. But in the meanwhile, parents need expert advice and tips on how to manage the symptoms and minimise flare-ups. Read on for advice and tips on how to manage baby eczema.