What I Learned About Caring for Baby's Eczema
Before my son was born, I had heard of the term eczema, but had no personal knowledge of it. I didn’t really know what it was, why it could be so bad, or really, much of anything regarding eczema. All I knew was that it meant dry skin. After seeing my boy suffer on and off with eczema, talking with his pediatrician, his dermatologist, and reading up on this condition, I’ve learned a lot more. Without getting into too much detail of how to care for eczema (since each baby is different and you should consult with his or her doctor), let me share with you a few things I’ve learned from caring for my boy’s eczema in just under two years.
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You need lots of lotion.
Since eczema is a dry skin condition, the first thing doctors will tell you is to keep the skin moisturized. This sounds simple enough, but it seems no amount of lotion can do justice. We are consistently buying lotions, creams, and ointments. And yes, each is different, something else I learned in this journey.
It hurts to see baby scratching so much.
Depending on how bad the flare up of eczema is at the moment, even with moisturized skin, sometimes baby’s skin is still itchy. There have been many moments where we apply cream and seconds later our baby boy is scratching. It’s tough to see your baby frantically scratching at his skin and knowing there’s not much else you can do to help.
Keep nails short.
Because baby is often scratching at skin, it’s best to keep nails short. I learned this the hard way as I slipped once and forgot to cut his nails. The next morning we woke up to a patch of skin on the back of his knee that he had scratched so badly, it had torn his skin. Lesson learned.
It’s hard to keep baby away from the sun when in Florida.
One of the triggers for eczema can be heat. Since we live in Florida, it’s super hard to keep our baby boy safe from the sun and heat. Even more so, it’s hard to think about him needing some time to play outside, but fearing that it will cause his eczema to worsen.
Sometimes you just don’t know what else to do.
After trying every treatment imaginable, different brands and types of creams, seeing the doctor, etc., there comes a point where you feel like you just don’t know what else to do. All you do is maintain baby’s skin protected and treated in order to keep your baby as comfortable as you can while waiting for the eczema to subside.
Please know that this is my own personal experience in caring for my baby boy’s eczema and in no way should be taken as a way to treat eczema. All babies are different and the best person to tell you how you should care for eczema is a doctor.
Has eczema been an issue with your babies?