We love our little ones’ soft delicate skin and planting kisses on their little cheeks as they give a giggle for mom and dad. There is just something magical about their beautiful, smooth skin!
However, there is one condition that often affects babies’ skin – and that could cause some concern for parents. Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition that affects both adults and children. When babies suffer from this condition, it can be a little scary for parents, especially if you are unsure if you are dealing with eczema, or something else!
So, how can you determine if your baby has eczema? And how can you avoid certain triggers that cause or aggrevate baby eczema? Here are some pointers to consider:
WHAT BABY ECZEMA LOOKS LIKE
A big tell-tale sign that your baby could be suffering from eczema is red, crusty patches on his or her skin. This often represents in the first few months of their lives.
The good news is this common condition can be treated, and most infants eventually outgrow eczema. Understandably, if you are unsure if this itchy rash is eczema or not, you should consult your general practitioner or a dermatologist who will advise you on the best course of action.
ARE THERE CERTAIN ECZEMA TRIGGERS TO WATCH OUT FOR?
When it comes to baby eczema, there are some triggers you can control, while others might occur even with the best of care.
An example of the latter is if you have a family history of eczema, this condition could affect your little one’s skin too. So, be aware that this has a hereditary element.
It is important to remember that eczema is caused by lack of fatty cells – also called ceramides – in the skin, which means moisture is lost and skin becomes dry. Once the skin barrier is compromised, moisture will be lost and bacteria will more easily enter the skin.
Keeping these factors in mind, remember that you can avoid certain triggers such as the following:
- Dry skin, which can make your little one’s skin itchier. Be careful to not cause dry air conditions inside your home, as this can lead to dry skin;
- Irritants such as scratchy clothing, perfumes, body soaps and laundry soaps. These can all trigger symptoms;
- Stress, as children with eczema may react to stress by flushing which causes eczema symptoms to heighten;
- Heat and sweat that can make eczema-prone skin itch even more; and
- Allergens such as cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, or certain fruits, which can also irritate the skin if little ones are still breastfeeding and get exposed to these ingredients via breast milk.
CAN ECZEMA BE CURED?
In most cases, little ones can outgrow eczema before their school years start. However, some children will have symptoms into adulthood, and likely have dry skin that they will need to treat accordingly.
NEED A CHEAT SHEET FOR SOOTHING BABY ECZEMA? HERE ARE JOMAR’S TOP TIPS!
- Choose products with natural ingredients and remember to listen to your GP!
By no means are we advocating that JOMAR will cure your little one’s skin, but it can most definitely help to calm and soothe this condition. We have had total success in the treatment of eczema, but we know that each case is different and that medical treatment is in some cases most important. Remember: Always follow your doctor’s advice. Every baby’s skin is different and should be treated as such!
Now, when it comes to skincare products, it is especially important to avoid any items that contain irritants such as perfumes and colourants which could either cause or aggravate your baby’s eczema.
JOMAR’s formulations are carefully designed and tested to repair and soothe skin. Our formulations include natural ingredients that are superb and unique to JOMAR.
We include nourishing ingredients such as botanical oils and butters, vitamins and antioxidants, essential oils and natural moisturising complexes. All of our ingredients are responsibly sourced based on their safety and efficiency when treating baby’s skin, as well as their environmental impact.
- Consider products with these ingredients to soothe baby eczema
We strongly believe products containing the following ingredients can assist in gently calming baby’s eczema-prone skin:
- Rooibos tea extract
- Coconut Oil
- Marula oil
- Castor oil
- Olive oil
- Marigold essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Chamomile essential oil
- Aloe Vera
- Shea butter
Just to name a few of our favourites!
- Follow a soothing bath time routine
Make the most of bath time to treat your little one’s eczema-prone skin with these steps:
- Massage JOMAR’S CARING CREAM WASH into your baby’s skin before their bath. Our GENTLE HAIR AND BODY WASH is an effective alternative if you prefer!
- For soothing nourishment, apply our CALMING RESCUE GEL to affected area 2 to 3 times daily.
- For very dry conditions, we recommend using our REPAIRING BALM OIL twice daily
The bottom-line? Don’t stress, mom, you’ve got this!
As much as we do not want our little ones to be affected by skin conditions, we can take action to alleviate symptoms by listening to our doctor’s advice and choosing skincare products that are baby-friendly and safe.
Don’t stress, mom – you’ve got this!
Until next time,