Wintertime is a regular time for eczema flare-ups, and your baby's skin is more delicate then. The best way to prevent eczema in babies during winter is by taking care of their skin.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin ailment that results in a rash on the surface of the skin that is dry, scaly, and irritating. A child or person with this skin condition may have problems falling asleep because of how irritating it can be.
When someone is highly sensitive to environmental allergens like pollen, they can develop atopic disorders.
Many kids have outgrown their eczema by the time they reach their teen years, and just half of them will still have it as adults. Eczema seldom strikes an adult for the first time, although it is nonetheless possible.
There is a 50% chance that an eczema-prone child will also have asthma or hay fever. Eczema flare-ups can be brought on by a variety of factors, but some research suggests that heredity may also play a role.
You could experience the following symptoms of eczema:
- intense itch, particularly at night
- skin that has reddish-gray to brownish-gray scaly, dry patches
- small, raised lumps that, if scratched, could release fluid and scab over
- rough, dry, cracked, and thick skin
- sensitive and raw skin
If you're a parent of an eczema-prone child, you could discover that the drier air in the winter causes eczema flare-ups to occur more frequently or to worsen.
Tips on How To Manage Your Baby’s Eczema in Winter
Wearing too many layers of clothes, taking hot showers, or covering your baby in too many blankets can trigger flare-ups. Eczema flares up during winter because the skin can't maintain moisture on its own.
Parents must be particularly attentive in helping their children deal with this skin problem because there isn't truly a cure for eczema. Here are a few straightforward steps that parents can take to help avoid eczema.
1. Let your baby stay hydrated
Maintaining your baby's body's fluid levels can aid in staying his skin hydrated. Allow your infant or young child to consume at least eight glasses of water per day. This will aid in hydrating his skin.
All forms of beverages are permitted in those eight glasses, including milk, fruit juice, and chocolate drink.
For an added mild taste, slice up lemons or other citrus fruits and add them to the water for older children to enjoy along with their favorite warm winter beverage.
2. Keep the bath water warm and avoid taking hot baths
You shouldn't give your infant a particularly hot bath in the winter since heat can dry up his skin. Use warm water instead, and try to take fewer showers or baths each time.
When bathing the baby, add some moisturizing baby products to the water to keep their skin moisturized. Look for items designed especially for the bathroom. There are, for instance, hydrating oatmeal bath products available.
Reduce your bathing time as well. Children who have eczema should only take 5- to 10-minute baths.
In addition, avoid rubbing the skin with a towel after taking a bath or shower. Instead, pat the infant's skin dry. Scratching the eczema with a towel may make it worse and make the skin even more itchy. This might be avoided by patting the skin dry, which will also leave some moisture on the skin.
3. Make use of mild soap
The skin of your baby is extremely delicate if they have eczema. Avoid soaps and other bath products that have harmful additives. Look for hydrating soap that is free from dye, fragrance, and alcohol - and don't take a bubble bath at all.
Remember to keep harsh soaps out of your laundry detergents as well. Find detergents that are designed for skin sensitivity.
4. Utilize a rich moisturizer
The skin of your child should be moisturized more than once every day. Eczema sufferers need to moisturize frequently. Apply thick moisturizers right away after taking a shower or bath. An excellent choice is petroleum jelly.
Lotions might not be as successful in treating winter eczema. But you can also use a lotion that contains hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate for unpleasant, itching flare-ups.
However, consult your doctor before taking hydrocortisone or hydrocortisone acetate cream. To stop your flare-up, your doctor might potentially prescribe a stronger medication.
5. Utilize a humidifier
A lot of hot air is pumped into your house by your heating system. This will probably aggravate the eczema-prone skin of your baby. Using a humidifier is the most effective technique to battle the dry heat.
A humidifier replenishes the moisture in the air. There are both portable and heating system-connected humidifiers available. Keep the humidifier clean to prevent the growth of germs and fungi.
Your humidifier should have regular water changes, and you should clean it every three days. Use distilled or demineralized water whenever possible. A humidifier adds moisture to the air you breathe, so keeping it clean will help you maintain clean air overall.
6. Stay away from certain garment fabrics
Wool, nylon, and other types of fibers can irritate the skin and lead to eczema. They might also contribute to overheating which bring flare-ups.
Eczema sufferers should dress in breathable fabrics like bamboo viscose and refrain from donning excessive layers.
Additionally, it is important to remove any extra bedding layers from the bed and confirm that the bedclothes are made of breathable materials, especially if they are intended for young children under the age of five.
7. Allow them to smartly play in the snow
While covering your infant and toddler in layers to keep them warm, be careful to avoid overheating them. Wear mittens and natural fiber-based coats.
If your child slips and falls in the snow and becomes wet, take off their clothes and shoes as soon as they get inside and wrap them in breathable blankets or towels. Swap out your cold clothing for cozy indoor textiles.
8. Don’t forget vitamin D
Baby and toddler vitamin D supplementation in the winter might be beneficial because eczema and skin health are connected. According to a study, children who received vitamin D supplements on a daily basis had fewer symptoms of winter eczema.
9. Keep to the schedule
Apply the eczema medication your child is taking as instructed. If your child has eczema, know that as they approach puberty and maturity, they will probably grow out of it.
If they don't, the routines you help them establish as kids will help them control their eczema symptoms all throughout their lives.
The key to preventing eczema flare-ups in young babies during the winter is hydration. Because eczema is a reaction of the immune system, it's even more important to remain hydrated when temperatures cool down and health experts recommend drinking at least 8 ounces of water every day.
It's never too early to begin defending your infant against the chilly winters! These are simple, natural ways to help prevent eczema flare-ups – try them out and let us know if it helps both you and your baby this winter.
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