Atopic eczema in babiesMany babies suffer from infantile eczema or atopic dermatitis, a form of eczema (skin inflammation) that won’t stop itching. Babies who suffer from infantile eczema tend to have very dry skin. They also have a high sensitivity to itching, together with an increased risk of developing other atopic illnesses, such as asthma, hay fever or allergies.

Most babies outgrow eczema, whilst others continue to suffer for a longer length of time, so don’t think your baby will have it for life. Nobody knows what causes it, but for three quarters of children with infantile eczema, psoriasis asthma or hay fever do run in the family.

So what are the symptoms of infantile eczema? Babies usually develop an itchy rash, often on their cheeks. This can spread to other parts of the body making baby upset or irritable, particularly at night. The rash is normally dry, but can become infected with bacteria, making the eczema wet. This is the danger sign and you should consult your GP if this occurs.

More and more people are choosing to go down the route of natural and organic products to avoid any long term damage of the skin which can occur with chemical based products such as steroid creams. Elena’s Nature collection for example, chooses only the best quality ingredients chosen for their individual therapeutic values, and when used in the correct quantities in products help produce the desired effect – keeping the skin under control.

Some helpful advice

If either or both people in the relationship have eczema or psoriasis, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your GP or allergy specialist to obtain advice on diet, which may reduce your child’s risk of developing eczema.

Babies should be exclusively breast fed if possible, with cow’s milk not being introduced before 12 months. There are alternatives to cow’s milk if bottle feeding that may help reduce any risk. For example a goat’s milk based formula.

Make sure your baby or child wears cotton clothing to avoid irritation and sweating from woollen or synthetic clothing.

Apply moisturiser several times a day. Use non-soap based cleansing products such as Trinity Soap/Shampoo, which is safe and suitable for people who may be prone to eczema and can help reduce the itch and inflammation.

Eczema prone skin needs regular attention, to keep it clean and avoid bacterial infections. It should be lubricated with natural and organic oils and kept moisturised. Even when there are no symptoms, prevention is better than cure. With a consistent skincare routine, a number of more serious complications can be avoided. The aim of Elena’s Recommended Routine is to help avoid the triggers and to help keep the skin under control.