Eczema in babies is a very common occurrence and usually appears before your child turns two years old. It is also known as atopic dermatitis, due to its tendency to run in families. It appears as red, dry patches on cracked skin, which can sometimes bleed, similar to adult eczema. The areas that are commonly affected by eczema are elbows, face, neck, hands and backs. Eczema can get very uncomfortable for your child, distressing enough that sleep can be disturbed. Infection can also set in if your child scratches the itchy, irritated skin.
Eczema can flare up when the environment gets too dry, thus drying out the skin, or when skin comes into contact with allergens. When trying to manage eczema, it is important to remember that baby’s bathing routine could aggravate or soothe the condition. Baths should be comfortably warm and should last only about 10 minutes. Limit the use of soaps or other bath additives as these can irritate sensitive skin. Apply moisturiser immediately after bath.
Eczema is not curable but can be controlled. Thankfully, there are many products out there that cater to eczema sufferers, some of them formulated specially for your young ones, while some are formulated for adults but safe for use on babies and children. You might have to try out several products before you find one that is most suitable for your little one.
5 products that you might want to check out
Ezerra Cream ($35.90, Guardian Pharmacies)
The Ezerra Cream offers the dual action of symptomatic relief and retaining and regulating moisture to ensure long-lasting comfort. It is more suitable for those with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis.
Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash ($27.35, www.mypharmacy.com.sg)
Provides non-irritating and non-drying cleansing for very dry, itchy skin. It is also hypoallergenic, soap-free and fragrance-free. Apply the Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser after bath to relieve, repair and deeply hydrate skin.
Physiogel A.I Body Calming Lotion ($30.90, Guardian Pharmacies)
The A.I Body Lotion strengthens and repairs the skin’s moisture barrier, and makes skin less sensitive. It contains the Physiogel biomimic technology which has lipids that are similar to those found in skin.
California Baby Eczema Cream ($52.90, www.pupsikstudio.com)
Contains a unique blend of plant extracts – organically grown calendula, aloe vera and colloidal oatmeal – that soothes and hydrates irritated skin due to eczema or rashes. Now also comes with a gluten-free recipe!
QV Baby Moisturising Cream ($24.90, Watsons)
This cream contains squalane, a component in the skin’s natural oil that helps seal in skin’s own moisture. Also formulated with three types of moisturising ingredients – emollient, humectant and occludent. Suitable for those with eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
Does your child have scars and dark marks?
Bid goodbye to visible marks from minor cuts, scratches, injuries and insect bites with Hiruscar Kids ($32.90, Guardian and Unity stores)! It contains oat extract which is an anti-oxidant which helps to moisturise and soothe delicate skin. Gentle on the skin, it softens and restores damaged tissues and reduces redness and inflammation.
This article is an extension of an article found in the print edition of Singapore’s Child April Issue 173 with the headline ‘Baby Skincare’.
What are some products that you’ve tried on your child that is really effective against eczema? Share in the comments below!