What is Infant Eczema?
Infant Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation of the skin. Also known as Baby Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis it is a very common condition for babies. About 20 percent of babies will develop eczema, but the good news is many will outgrow it during childhood. Symptoms often include dry, red, cracked, itchy skin. For babies, eczema often presents itself on cheeks, scalp, joints of the arms, and backs of the knees.
Causes of Infant Eczema
Eczema is often a hereditary condition that can be passed down from one or both parents. Allergens or irritants in the environment and stress can cause eczema symptoms. Some experts believe that food allergies play a role in infant eczema. Defects in the skins outer layer, known as the epidermis causes moisture to escape from skin, which then leaves the skin at risk of having germs enter through these crevices. Some experts believe that food allergies play a role in infant eczema, which is why Skinfix avoids nut and soy ingredients in our Gentle Eczema Balm formula.
If you believe your baby may have eczema you should visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Tips to Help Keep Baby’s Eczema-Prone Skin Healthy
Physicians sometimes prescribe ointments with steroid drugs. These often help temporarily, however, steroids can cause the skin to thin leaving the skin more compromised and at higher risk for flare-ups.
To keep flare-ups at bay, develop a gentle cleansing regime and daily use of products that provide not just temporary moisture but barrier protection should be used. The following tips may help ensure healthy, happy skin for baby:
- Don’t bathe your baby too often – check with your doctor to see how often you should bathe your baby
- Avoid water that is too warm as it dries out the skin
- To dry your baby’s skin pat it gently with a soft towel, don’t rub too hard
- Avoid skincare products containing alcohol or perfumes
- Avoid soaps and cleansers containing sulfates and synthetic ingredients
- Moisturize after each bath with a barrier cream that contains colloidal oatmeal and is rich and emollient
- Choose a rich barrier cream that is fragrance-free and made with nut-free ingredients
- Some essential oils like lavender can cause sensitivities and should be avoided.
Refer to our watch list for other ingredients to watch out for.