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Soothing Baby Eczema

Sarah Dunville photoAbout the guest author: Sarah Dunville, Bsc Pharm has been a community pharmacist for just over 10 years. She has always had a strong interest in skin care and cosmetic products. Using her pharmacy background to evaluate the product ingredients, Sarah has always been in pursuit of the best skin care products available. Sarah strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle with daily fitness training and she enjoys preparing fresh meals for her family. Sarah and her husband Ian have an 11-year-old black Lab and just recently embarked on their most rewarding and challenging adventure as brand new parents to a baby boy. Infantile eczema (also called atopic dermatitis or baby eczema) can be a little scary for any parent when they notice red crusty patches appear on their baby’s delicate skin. Eczema in babies is more common than you think. The good news is that it is treatable, and most babies will outgrow it. Eczema occurs in about 10-15% of infants. It usually appears on baby’s cheeks and the inner joints of the arms and legs as red, itchy and rough, dry skin. Symptoms typically occur when there is a break down in the skin barrier. This break down allows water to escape from the skin making it very dry. Irritants and allergens can penetrate the compromised skin and trigger a “flare”. Some common irritants include: scratchy wool or polyester clothing, and perfumes in body soaps, shower gels and laundry detergents. Dry skin combined with heat and sweating can sometimes worsen eczema symptoms. Some experts believe that food allergies may also trigger eczema. Removing cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, and even some fruits may help control some eczema flare ups. The best way to help keep your baby’s eczema prone skin healthy is to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your baby’s skin barrier healthy: •Bathe your baby no longer than 10 minutes in warm water. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural protective oils. •Use mild, unscented soaps like Skinfix Gentle Hair and Body Wash and laundry detergents. Anything with added perfume or scents can be very harsh on your baby’s skin •Pat your baby’s skin dry with a soft towel after baths •Apply a rich moisturizer like Skinfix Gentle Moisturizing Lotion or a balm like Skinfix Gentle Eczema Balm immediately after bathing when the skin is still wet •Dress your baby in loose fitting cotton clothing. Always make sure to wash new clothing •Avoid overdressing your baby as heat and sweating can trigger a flare or make eczema symptoms worse Skinfix has an excellent line of skin care products containing natural ingredients for infants and toddlers that will help treat your baby’s eczema and help prevent painful, itchy flare ups.

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