And if they’re up scratching in the night and not getting all the sleep they need, chances are they’re more fractious during the day. And of course, if they’re sleeping less, you are too, which means you’re more tired than ever, all the while keeping an eye on them 24/7 to try and stop them scratching, while desperately trying to figure out how to make it go away.
No, it’s not easy.
But what’s important to know is that eczema is very common during infancy, with one in four babies experiencing it, so you are absolutely not alone. Plus, there are steps you can take to ease their discomfort.
"I hadn’t actually realised how much Maya’s eczema had affected us until it stopped,"
how to treat baby eczema
According to the NHS, the below points could ease your baby’s eczema.
Try to reduce scratching as this can damage the skin and make eczema worse. Anti-scratch mittens may help, keep your baby’s nails short and clean and keep their skin covered with light clothing.
If certain fabrics irritate your baby’s skin, avoid them and stick to natural materials such as cotton.
Use emollients – moisturizing treatments applied directly to the skin.
Heat can aggravate eczema, so keep the rooms in your home cool, especially your baby's bedroom.
Avoid using soaps and opt for only the purest products for your baby’s skin. WaterWipes are accredited by the eczema association in the US and Allergy UK.
life after eczema
‘I hadn’t actually realised how much Maya’s eczema had affected us until it stopped,’ says her dad, Aran. ‘We used to co-sleep and honestly, that first night we weren’t woken up by her scratching.. I can’t think of many times I’ve felt happier!’
If you are ever worried about your baby’s skin, always consult a healthcare professional like your doctor, pharmacist or health visitor.