Around one in five babies and young children suffer from eczema – but there are a number of things parents can do to help their little ones.
Eczema is a skin rash that usually appears before the age of five, and can look like dry, scaly skin, or tiny red bumps. It comes and goes and it’s very itchy.
Here are some top tips on how to treat your baby’s eczema:
- See your doctor - If you think your child has eczema, the first thing to do is to see your doctor, who can diagnose it.
- Bathe and moisturise - Your doctor can advise you about how often to bathe your child, and which products to use and which to avoid. Patting your child dry and then moisturising while the skin is still damp can help.
- Let your baby’s skin breathe and stay cool by choosing natural fabrics and not allowing your child to overheat.
- Try to stop your child scratching by keeping their nails short and using cotton mittens or socks on their hands at night.