Eczema is a common skin condition in babies usually developing around two and six months. The condition can, however appear at any other given age and it is characterized by dry, itchy red patches that can be very uncomfortable for the baby. A baby should naturally have silky smooth skin that is healthy, but a number of babies do not enjoy this as a result of the eczema. There are of course many medications including topical creams out there designed to treat the skin condition, but natural methods are best and there are a number of natural methods you can use to treat your baby’s skin and soothe it.
Use pressed oil
Sunflower and coconut oils make the best oil remedies for eczema in babies. Coconut moisturizes the skin and has antibacterial properties that help reduce eczema and the risks of the condition. The sunflower oil, on the other hand is rich in fatty acids that are helpful in treating the condition. It improves the barrier function of baby’s skin and keeps it moisturized thus improving the condition greatly. The pressed oil of sunflower or coconut can be massaged on the baby’s skin daily to help treat eczema and keep the skin moisturized to minimize the risks.
Use oatmeal baths
Ground oats are very effective in relieving skin irritations and they also help in relieving itching that is associated with eczema. You can use baths to reduce inflammation and to also normalize skin pH. A simple way of using this natural treatment is to take a handful of colloidal oatmeal in a sock and then hold under running bath water. The water should be milky in appearance before you give the baby a bath in the water. The oatmeal in the sock can also be secured and left in the bath water. Regular baths will fetch you desired skin results.
Use breathable light fabrics
Overheating is among the factors that contribute to eczema and it is therefore important to ensure that you choose breathable and lightweight fabrics that keep your baby warm, but at the same time allow proper circulation to avoid the development or worsening of eczema. It is actually a good idea to choose organic fabrics when buying your baby clothes because they do not have any irritating chemicals that could give rise to eczema.
Use natural baby products
A nice smelling baby is very appealing, but this does not mean putting the health of your baby at risk. To treat eczema, you should avoid topical baby products that contain irritants and harsh chemicals for that matter. Such products will only worsen the condition and its best that you settle for natural baby products that are mild and gentle on the skin. Some products containing lavender oil and colloidal oatmeal can be very good in treating the skin condition. Be careful with the creams and moisturizers you choose for the baby so you can get natural ingredients that will help treat the condition and maintain the healthy baby skin.