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Simple Ways To Relieve Baby Eczema

By Njideka Agbo 03 February 2018   |   4:20 pm

An eczema is an itchy blister that makes the skin look cracked and scaly. This skin rash is commonly seen among little children.

Eczema appears on the skin from the first year when children are born and when they are five. As a child grows, its symptoms change but it generally includes scaly skin. Although there are six different types of eczema, the most common is atopic dermatitis.

The most common places eczema appears are the wrists, the ankles, the inside of the bowels and the back of the knees, face and neck. There is no known cause of this skin rash.

Certain chemicals in skin products can trigger eczema. Some of the chemicals include retinol, parabens, oxybenzone, salicylic acid, methylparaben and fragrances. Also, eczema can be inherited and triggered by environmental smoke.

As is with asthma, a lot of people born with eczema outgrow it.

Although there is no cure, these are some of the methods used to relieve the itching:

Ointment

We recommend that you apply coconut oil on your baby’s skin always. Coconut oil is said to contain antifungal and antibacterial properties that help to relieve the itch. Besides this, there are several ointments and oral medications that can be purchased over-the-counter. Consult your doctor to recommend the most suitable medication for your baby.

The Wet Wrap Method

The wet wap method is regarded as one of the best ways to relieve itching. To do-it-yourself, get a clean white cloth and put in warm water so it is slightly damp. Wrap the cloth around the area. Next, wrap a dry cloth around the area. Wear a cloth to avoid disturbing the cloth. A doctor should be consulted before doing the DIY.

Bleach

Also, a study revealed that bleach-concentrated bath water is very effective in relieving eczema. The study which was published in Pediatrics in 2009 reports that there was 5 times more improvement than using ordinary water.

Clothing

Use light and breathable clothing such as cotton and linen. This will help the skin breathe as heat can trigger symptoms of eczema.

Psoriasis has similar symptoms with eczema, which is why the two are often mistaken. It is often recommended to consult a doctor to know which is affecting your child.

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