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3 Ways to Treat Your Infant’s Eczema

 Infant’s Eczema Glenn Dale MD | Dr. Valerie CallenderEczema is a skin condition that can cause a rash-like appearance all across the body— specifically the arms and legs. As a condition that affects about 10-20% of infants, if you have noticed that your little one has little bumps on their body, they may have eczema. As a condition that is not yet curable, the good thing about eczema is that it is fairly treatable. From switching your laundry detergent to applying cream, this article will discuss three ways that you can treat your infant’s eczema. Read on to learn more.

Laundry Detergent

If your little one has especially sensitive skin and you suspect that they have eczema, making small changes like switching out your laundry detergent can do wonders. Often, the dyes and scents in traditional laundry detergents can cause rash-like symptoms and flare-ups in infant skin. Try switching to a free and clear laundry detergent. Without any dyes or scents, this type of detergent will be especially easy on their skin.

Cold Compress

If your little one’s eczema is particularly red and inflamed, try applying a cold compress to it. A cold compress like a washcloth or ice pack should help with inflammation and itching. When using a cold compress, try leaving it on their skin for 5 minutes— if they hold still— and then remove it for about 20 minutes. Repeat as necessary.

Apply a Thick Cream

One of the best things you can do for your infant’s eczema is to apply a thick cream across their body. When choosing cream, look for one that is fragrance-free and contains ingredients like licochalcone and petroleum jelly. Licochalcone is made up of licorice root which will help to soothe the skin, whereas petroleum jelly will act as a barrier. Try creams like Eucerin or Aquaphor.

When your infant is uncomfortable, it can make your worry scale jump from a five to ten like that. Hopefully, by using the three tips listed above, you can give your little one a break from their eczema. To learn more about eczema or to schedule an appointment, contact Callender Cosmetic and Dermatology Center today!

 

 

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