What Does Eczema Look Like?
Eczema goes beyond just dry, flaky skin. It typically looks like crusty, itchy, red patches, that are often found on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, or crevices.
What Causes Eczema?
Eczema can be genetic or caused by environmental factors, such as pets, heat, sweat, dust mites, allergies, even cigarette smoke. The good news, according to the National Eczema Association, is that it usually becomes less severe with time.
How to Treat Eczema at Home
In the meantime, you can help your child heal and be comfortable:
- Give her short baths in warm — not hot — water. Gently pat with a washcloth. Avoid loofahs and scrubbers.
- Always patch test any new product; wait 24 hours and observe the area looking for any change before using.
- Go fragrance free for a while. Cleanse with California Baby’s Super Sensitive, no fragrance, shampoo & bodywash head-to-toe, follow with California Baby Super Sensitive, no fragrance, Everyday Lotion to soothe and moisturize.
- Apply a natural eczema relief cream like California Baby’s Therapeutic Relief Eczema Cream, which contains aloe vera and Certified Organic Colloidal Oatmeal, which has been shown to be an extremely effective in soothing chapped or cracked skin. It’s free of mineral and petroleum-based ingredients, synthetic fragrances and dyes.
- Dress your baby in clean, loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
- Get your baby tested for allergies.
- Keep your baby’s nails trimmed so she doesn’t scratch herself. If she can’t stop, try some light mittens.