How should I bathe a baby with eczema? Skin Care

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Bath time could play a major role in helping or hurting your baby's eczema. Find out what experts advise and what other moms do to ensure bath time is as soothing as possible.

Don't Do It Often

"I generally recommend bathing no more than once every three days and with very mild, unscented soap. Immediately pat the skin dry afterwards and apply moisturizer." -- Joel Schlessinger, MD, board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor, New York, NY

Keep the Water Lukewarm

"Give baby lukewarm baths up to 10 minutes at a time; oatmeal is optional. Use a mild soap in areas that may be dirty such as the genitals, and hands and feet. Pat skin dry and use a moisturizer immediately (within 60 seconds of removing from bath) in order to trap in moisture." -- Dendy Engelman, MD, Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, New York, NY

Never Put Soap in the Water

"Most of the time, bathe baby in plain bath water. A tablespoon of baking soda can also help to ease itching."

Pat Dry Post-Bath

"Once you pull baby out of the bath, it's best to pat dry quickly and immediately apply a naturally based lotion on baby's skin."

Longer Baths Help for Some

"My daughter's allergist told us to let her soak in bathwater for as long as possible because it helps moisturize the skin. Once she's done, we immediately add lotion before drying her off to 'seal it in.'"

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