How can I treat my baby's eczema? Skin Care


Parent applying moisturizing cream on baby

Every mom hates seeing her child uncomfortable. Here's how moms have soothed their babies' itchy eczema.

Keep It Gentle, Breathable & Cool

"Moisturizers that are fragrance-free are great options, as well as lukewarm baths. Loose-fitting clothes made of cotton are best to avoid irritation. Also, be sure not to overdress, as heat and sweat can trigger an eczema flare." -- Dendy Engelman, MD, Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, New York, NY

Try Swaddling

"After you put lotion on your baby, make sure she's 'mummy wrapped' and can't take her clothes off. This will also help keep her from scratching."

Use 100% Cotton Everything

"This is what my daughter's allergist told me to do to help with her eczema and it helped a ton!"

Be Careful With Bath Time

"When bathing, let her soak without soap for about 20 minutes. Then, use whatever mild cleanser you want and be sure to wash it off well. When you get baby out of the tub, don't dry him off right away -- slather him with moisturizer to trap it in the skin."

Milk Soaks

"Soak a cloth in cold milk and apply to the area for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until it's no longer cold. Repeat. This helps neutralize and tame inflammation and itching."

Watch What You're Eating

"My son had a rash, and it turned out he was allergic to peanuts. I was breastfeeding him and eating peanuts and peanut butter by the pound and didn't know about his allergy."

Apply Flaxseed Oil

"My son finally outgrew his eczema. The best thing I found for him when he was little was putting flaxseed oil in his oatmeal every morning."

Keep Baby's Nails Short

"The flare-up will never heal if you can't get baby to stop scratching it."

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