Soothing Itchy Skin
- by Petra Jelinkova
Baby eczema is almost always itchy and sometimes itchy skin starts even before we see a rash. The hot spots for baby eczema rash are the face and the back of the knees, wrists, hands or feet. Other spots I found to be popular for itchy skin with my baby are the fronts of the ankles and the eyelids. Sometimes the itchy skin can be so bad that if your baby is like mine, he might scratch his skin until it bleeds. This is called the itch-scratch cycle and makes your baby’s skin more irritated and inflamed.
Getting the eczema itch under control
Getting itchy skin under control is the first step to happy for skin for your baby. The first thing I do for itchy skin which brings immediate relief to my toddler is to put a cold compress on the really itchy areas. I usually do this by wrapping a small bag of frozen peas in a wet tea towel. When the need to itch seems to be dying down I rub a steroid cream into his skin quickly followed by a moisturiser. The moisturiser I use is called emulsifying ointment in water which your local pharmacist can make up for you without a prescription.
Using bathtime to help manage itchy skin
The trick to managing baby eczema is to stop the skin from getting itchy and in our household our bathtime routine plays a big part.
I start by running a lukewarm bath and while the bath is running I add two heaped spoonfuls of itchy baby bath soak click here to watch how. I add nothing else to the bath water, bubbles can irritate your baby’s skin and make eczema worse. I keep the bath short, no longer than ten minutes. When I take my toddler out of the bath I blot him dry – don’t rub – and while his skin is still warm I rub moisturiser (emulsifying ointment in water) all over his body as well as his face. If my toddler is having a flare up I rub in the steroid cream first before the moisturiser.
Moisturising straight after you take your baby out of the bath is an important part of managing baby eczema because this step traps the moisture on your baby’s skin which helps to stop the itch.
Twice a week after the moisturising session I cut my toddler’s nails while they are still soft from the bath water. Long nails can break the skin when they scratch and this might cause an infection.
This blog post is brought to you and your baby with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.