Does your baby have atopic skin and you want to soothe atopic eczema? First of all, you should know that atopic skin is a common skin disease in infants and young children. It is manifested by redness, itching, dry skin and sleep disturbances. Atopic skin causes discomfort to the baby. 20 to 25% of babies are affected by atopic dermatitis. Discover some tips to apply on a daily basis to relieve your baby if he or she suffers from atopic dermatitis.
As this skin problem is due to a personal and/or family predisposition of genetic origin, these tips are valid for both young and old.
Tips for soothing atopic eczema
Cosmetics and daily care
1 - Check the composition of the products you apply to your baby's skin. Atopic skin is very sensitive to all cosmetic products. To reduce reactions, care products containing alcohol, allergens, essential oils or irritating agents such as soap should be avoided.
2 - Favour care products certified organic by a label such as Cosmebio. These labels provide guarantees on the composition of products: percentage of ingredients of natural origin and ingredients from organic farming. These labels also prohibit controversial substances such as phenoxyethanol and parabens.
3 - Apply emollient care products to your baby's skin rather than moisturizing creams. Emollient care will allow, in addition to bringing comfort, to reinforce the cutaneous barrier. The Emollient Cream of the Téane Laboratories was especially conceived for the very dry skin with atopic tendency of the babies. It hydrates, nourishes and reinforces the cutaneous barrier. It relieves itching, reduces redness and prevents new eczematous flare-ups.
4 - Even if your baby is not affected by atopy, take preventive measures during the cold periods of the year by applying moisturizing or emollient products to your baby's skin on a daily basis.
5 - Prefer short showers or baths. Moreover, it is not essential to clean your baby every day. 2 to 3 times a week is more than enough. Excessive hygiene can damage and dry out baby's skin barrier.
6 - Apply an oil to your baby's body to avoid the drying effects of water on the skin when bathing or showering. Applying an oil before the bath will help protect baby's skin by forming a greasy, nourishing and protective film on baby's skin.
7 - When you take baby out of the bath, lightly pat his skin and do not forget the folds (arms, knees, neck, behind the ears).
8 - Regularly cut your baby's fingernails to avoid injury if he scratches himself.
Clothes and laundry care products
9 - Choose clothes made of natural materials: cotton, linen or silk. Wool, although natural, is too irritating for the skin.
10 - Choose a "hypoallergenic" detergent formulated to minimize the risk of allergies.
You can also consult your general practitioner or a dermatologist.