Eczema can start as early as a baby’s second month, and we at Jackson Reece recommend nothing but cotton wool and water for the first 4 weeks of a new born baby’s life as their skin is so delicate. As a baby develops in the womb, it is surrounded by amniotic fluid, the skin needs 4 weeks to adjust to the outside world. As adults we shed our skin every 30 days, so it is natural to allow new born skin some time to adjust to its new environment.
Symptoms can be mild and barely noticeable, or itchy and intense. In this blog I will explain the signs and symptoms of eczema, how to treat it and what to avoid. The good news is that most children who have eczema will grow out of the condition by the time they are in their teens, however, eczema cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatments.
Some of the signs of eczema include patches of red, dry and itchy skin on the face, or behind the ears, and in the creases of the neck, knees and elbows.
Some top tips include;
Avoid using scented products – the chemicals in scented products will irritate your baby’s skin, this is why at Jackson Reece our wipes, shampoo, body wash and moisturiser are all unscented with 99% of our ingredients derived from vegetable or plant extracts.
Moisturise – this is so important! Keeping the skin hydrated and moist will protect it from irritation and chapping. Our Jackson Reece unscented moisturiser is specially designed for children with eczema and sensitive skin.
Keep Cool – heat can irritate the skin. Keep your baby’s room cool, store moisturiser or medicated cream in the fridge. Dress your baby in loose, light layers (cotton is best) to prevent overheating.
Avoid bathing too often – this can strip your baby’s skin of protective oils and dry it out further. Bathe in luke warm water and use our Jackson Reece body wash which is full of organic ingredients. Be careful when towel drying the skin as this can dry it out further.
DON’T use polyester cloth wipes – polyester is a plastic material and is rough and abrasive to all types of skin, especially sensitive and eczema delicate skin. Jackson Reece wipe cloth is made from natural wood pulp instead of the synthetic polyester many other companies use (you would be surprised how many do!)