Having it all your life It gets somewhat better in adulthood Outgrowing Eczema completely in adulthood
Some causes of eczema and dermatitis:
Eczema often has a genetic basis – this means it tends to run in families. Children with eczema often have other allergy-type conditions like asthma or hay-fever. Eczema is not contagious.
Eczema might flare up when:
Irritating chemicals like soaps or bubble baths, or irritating fabrics like woollen underlays or polyester garments are in direct contact with the skin. Dress your little ones in cotton underwear and clothes, rather than woollens and synthetics. Make sure you rinse all clothing well after washing to get rid of all those bad chemicals!
After viral or bacterial infections After being around animals, their fur seems to make the skin more irritated so does exposure to dust mite When the little one gets too hot and bothered or stressed After eating foods that your little one could be allergic to In a few children, diet can make eczema worse, although it’s often hard to say which food is causing the problem. Often there’s no obvious cause for a flare-up and preventing eczema flare-ups is to treat the symptoms as soon as they appear.
Babies and toddlers who have Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis often have sensitive skin and do better when avoiding the use of skin care products which contain perfumes and synthetic fragrances. Our Intensive Barrier Cream is completely natural so smells natural, more like a herbal formulation!
Eczema gets worse when skin is dry. Applying moisturising creams directly to bub's skin helps to stop the skin from itching and drying out. You should use moisturise your little one twice day, even when there’s no eczema.
We know your little ones can get a little bit dirty from exploring this beautiful world but, avoiding excessive washing or bathing. Use warm water, not hot water! Gently clean the infected area with warm water using a clean soft cotton washcloth and NON-fragrant bath soaps or washes! Don’t use soap on young children. They don’t need it, it dries out the skin, and it can make eczema worse. Use our Intensive Barrier Cream after washing and bathing this will help stop the skin from drying out and will lock in moisture.
How do I moisturise my little one's skin?
Moisturisers should be applied at least twice daily— we recommend using 1 layer on babies under 12 months and 2 layers for toddlers and children with severe symptoms. It's important to moisturise the skin immediately after bathing (within 3 minutes) to prevent evaporation of moisture from the skin. Intensive Barrier Creams will seal moisture into the skin, much like plastic wraps seal moisture into a cake!!
Why is my little one's skin paler when eczema heals?
The cells in bub's skin that make the normal colour (or “pigment”) don’t work properly when the skin is inflamed from eczema. The good news is most times these cells will recover and the light spots eventually will return to the normal skin colour.
When to see your doctor about eczema; you should take your child to see your GP if:
•you think your child might have eczema for the first time
•your child’s eczema is weeping or bleeding
•you’ve been treating your child’s eczema as usual, but there’s no significant improvement after a few days
•your child is having trouble sleeping because the rash is so itchy
•your child is generally unwell, in addition to the rash
•the eczema is painful or has developed pus
•you’re not sure that the rash actually is eczema.
While you are still in control of precious baby and toddler’s skin keep it natural