When babies are prone to skin rashes, they can be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, parents may find help through these natural treatments for baby eczema. Their use can often relieve the problem or at least make it somewhat more bearable.
One thing parents learn quickly with this problem is to be cautious of overly perfumed anything. Whether it is the soaps used for baths, oils, lotions or even laundry detergent, those heavy perfumes and even those we have been conditioned to associate with a baby can make life miserable. If at all possible, choose products that do not use these scents.
Be cautious about changing to a new brand or scent of anything. If you have a laundry detergent that works and is labeled as hypoallergenic, do not assume any hypoallergenic detergent will work. With manufacturers constantly changing and improving products, this can be difficult. If you notice that stores are replacing something that works with the child with a new and improved product, be sure to stock up on the old product that works.
Do not bathe the child on a daily basis. Most babies do fine with every other day baths and this practice can preserve essential skin oils while limiting exposure to soaps that may make the condition even worse.
Replace soap with oatmeal. Try placing a small amount in the end of a cotton sock to wash the body. It provides the soapiness needed for the bath but soothes skin that has become irritated. Be sure to throw the oatmeal out after each bath.
Add bleach to the bathwater. The ratio is one half cup for a forty gallon tub of water, so if using a smaller amount of water for the child, cut back on the bleach. Do not allow the child to ingest bleach water and be sure to use a gentle moisturizer after bathing.
If all else fails, use a hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone can soothe nerve endings that cause the rash and make it easier for the child to get to sleep. Many of the creams also provide moisturizing properties. If the medication available over the counter does not work, a doctor can provide a prescription that may give better results.
While this type of skin condition is often miserable, there are some things parents can do to help. Natural treatments for baby eczema are often helpful. Take steps to prevent the problem from beginning if possible.