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8 trusted remedies to soothe your baby's eczema

​Many children suffer from eczema from a very young age, and it can be incredibly uncomfortable and upsetting for them. You've tried all the creams on the market, and all you want is your child's skin to be treated and cared for. 

Whether it be the perfect bath or changing up your detergents, these little things that you can do at home might just do the trick.

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1) Bathing 

Bathing your baby or toddler is an effective way of treating their eczema as their skin needs that extra moisture. Make sure the water isn't too hot as this can dry their skin out and make it more irritable, and definitely moisturise their whole body straight after to lock in the moisture. 
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2) Natural bath salts 

There is no high quality evidence as yet showing that salt water baths are beneficial for atopic eczema sufferer, however, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting salt water baths can help relieve and treat eczema. 

M&B loves: WESTLAB Kids Dead Sea Bath Salts, £2.29, Asda
 These bath salts are suitable for skin prone to Eczema or Psoriasis and infants from 3-months-old. Simply dissolve the salts in a warm bath and let the child soak for around 20 minutes up to 3 times a week.
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3) Gentle laundry detergents

Your child's eczema might be triggered by the stronger washing tabs or detergents, so ensure they are for sensitive skin and are labelled as gentle, as this could make a huge difference. Also, try to skip out fabric softener and stick to just one detergent. Fabric softeners contain a lot more chemicals and fragrances that linger and can irritate their skin. 
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4) Use shampoos for children with eczema 

Make sure to use shampoos and lotions that are intended for babies and children who suffer from eczema. These will be right for their skin and relieve the symptoms. 

M&B recommends: ​Green People No Scent Baby Wash & Shampoo, £7.95
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5) Wear mittens

You could try to distract your little one from scratching their irritated skin. Get them a pair of gloves or mittens to wear so they aren't tempted.
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6) Don't wear too many layers

If you wear too many layers, this can lead to overheating and can irritate the skin. So, ensure your toddler is dressing in light clothes so they won't be overheating. 
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7) Use sensitive baby wipes

Using fragrance and alcohol-free baby wipes are recommended if your little one has eczema. Buy some baby wipes that contain soothing ingredients and are labeled with 'sensitive skin', and there shouldn't be an irritation. 
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8) Oral antihistamine

Giving your baby or toddler an oral antihistamine, for example, Benadryl can relieve some of the itchiness that comes with eczema.

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While training as a journalist at the University of Gloucestershire for 3 years, she was nominated for the Best Feature Category at the Midlands Student’s Media Awards this year, and Head of News and Social Media for the university’s radio station, Tone Radio. Ellie has been published by the likes of Heatworld, Heart, Gloucestershire Live, and ITV West Country. 

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