I never grew up thinking too much about eczema. When I met my husband, I learned many people have skin conditions and they can arise at any age. When I got pregnant I was really aware of the fact that my son might get eczema. I didn’t know a whole lot about it at the time though. It doesn’t take much for someone to see the light, but sometimes it takes a personal experience to give you a swift kick in the butt to become aware.
Gregory and Tyrus
The Struggle is Real
Happy Babies are Happy
Use Natural Soap Children can’t remove toxins from their bodies as efficiently as adults. Babies even less so as their bodies are still forming. Using a fragrance free and dye free soap can prevent any unknown chemicals from irritating skin further.Give them the BOOB Comfort nursing, if you are nursing, is something that children benefit from when they are ill. Don’t think you are spoiling them, you have antibodies in your milk that they use in their body to help fight off infection. It is a commitment, and you will get frustrated feeling like a milk cow, but you only breastfeed for a short time of their life. Try and make it a nice experience and enjoy every moment. They are limited.
Avoid Saliva, Sweat, and Heat Babies drool when teething, the heat dries out skin, and when they are older they start to sweat. These are flare up irritants, and it will be a struggle to avoid. Bibs aren’t always cute, but they can really help. If you find your child overheating in the summer and need a quick way to cool them down, get a wrap a cold damp wash cloth around their forearms. These now cool blood cells travel back to the heart quickly and can disperse throughout the body to reduce heat.
Keep clothing loose Tight clothes can create heat, friction, and sweat which in turn will cause more irritation, rashes and itching. Soft, breathable fabrics like cotton that are a bit looser around their bodies will keep them comfortable during the day. At night, a tight swaddle will help prevent scratching, and is known to help all babies sleep batter at night.
Bath Daily and Moisturize Experts are now starting to say it is okay to bathe your child, even with eczema, daily. Keep the water temperature mild to prevent further drying of the skin, and use gentle soap, but not every day. Afterwards make sure to moisturize, this is often a struggle for parents, as finding a a lotion that doesn’t further irritate the skin is often difficult. Stick with it, from coconut oil to over the counter prescriptions, something is out there for your babe.
Heal from the INSIDE OUT This is something that Michelle did to treat Tyrus. As a breastfeeding mom, she had to change her diet so her breast milk was more agreeable with her son. As well, when he started to eat solids, they had to be careful with which foods he ate. I’m unsure if Tryus still has dietary restrictions, but often times eczema in babies is a result of internal struggles. If you want to read more about Michelle and Tyrus’s Battle with Eczema, CLICK HERE.