Well hello lovely mummy!
If you’re here, your little one has probably developed eczema and now you’re frantically searching the internet for what you can actually do to minimise and heal it! Fear not! You’ve come to the right place!
Now, you may have read articles discussing cortisone creams, heat stimulated baby eczema as well as bathing techniques for your child, and whilst some of these are valid considerations; I find they are very reactive rather than proactive approaches.
I’ve written this article to teach you what it is, how to actually get rid of it in the long term and treat the outbreaks short term. To do this, we’re going to work internally and target the drivers of baby eczema as well as externally, to minimise and clear off the outbreaks.
So, without further adou, lets jump in!
Firstly, lets have a look at the symptoms of baby eczema. Typically eczema or atopic dermatitis is a red, hot, dry and itchy skin rash that, on babies, usually breaks out on the face, primarily the cheeks and chin. As children become older it has a tendency to diminish or move away from the face and further down the arms and often, later developing into hay fever and/or asthma. Before you read on though, please, please be sure that your baby actually does have eczema and not something else by going to a GP and getting a professional diagnosis.
Where Baby Eczema Comes From.
Although a family history of eczema has long been recognised as a driving factor, we also need to take into account that it is primarily an allergic response, which is what we mainly need to address if we want long term relief from the outbreaks.
Scientifically, we know it is an allergic response because; all eczema sufferers have positive allergy test results, with 80% also having heightened ‘IgE’ activity, which is a type of allergic antibody in our system.
Another indicator of allergic activity is that ‘mast cells’ (a specialised white blood cell) on patients’ skin releases a higher than usual amount of histamines and other allergy related compounds
So, what does this mean?? To put it simply it means that we need to remove the allergy causing substance.