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Eczema Information - Prevention and Control Measures for Baby Eczema

The foremost step in dealing with eczema is to distinguish the precipitating factor or the trigger and keep it off the baby as far, if possible. It is unlikely that the parent might not see a prompt improvement, but if the parent needs to successfully treat eczema, it is important to alter certain lifestyle changes. Here are some points -

  • Keep away from situations that will cause the baby to sweat. Do not pile on blankets or put the baby in a blanket sleeper.
  • Reduce or cut down the preparation of some ingredients form her diet, such as, cows' milk, eggs, citrus fruits, or peanut derivatives.
  • Wash the baby's clothes in a detergent meant for sensitive skin
  • Avoid dressing the child in wool or other coarse material. Cotton clothes are best recommended for babies with this condition.

Prevention of Baby Eczema and Eczema Treatment

To keep the baby's skin healthy, do not let the baby indulge in long baths. Long baths and soaps are problem areas and triggers for most children. Caregivers or parents must aim to give frequent, short baths, in tepid water, and also apply a small quantity of mild baby cleanser. Some doctors are of the belief it is best not to use any cleanser at all unless the baby is very dirty. Short baths in lukewarm water helps to hydrate the skin, and will prevent the skin from drying out. Some babies with eczema who cannot tolerate water or baths need to be cleansed with water-free cleansers that are meant for people with sensitive skin.

Applying a tiny amount of moisturizing lotion to the affected areas for at least two times a day can also help the skin from drying out. The moisturizer must be applied immediately following the baby's bath, while the baby's skin is still damp. A humidifier for the baby's room can also help in preventing the baby's skin from going too dry. In the midst of an outbreak or flare-up that is inflamed, doctor prescribed cortisone cream can be helpful in minimizing the symptoms. The cortisone cream however is not supposed to be for everyday use. However once the flare-up has ceased the cream should be discontinued gradually in order to prevent side effects from occurring.

When the itching causes the skin to break up, a topical application of an antibiotic lotion or cream is the best remedy and works best as a necessary precaution against further infection. If an infection still manages to occur then a doctor's prescription of an oral antibiotic might be necessary.