How to Treat Baby Eczema & Dry Skin

Based on content from ''Eczema and Very Dry Skin" and from the baby care experts at JOHNSON'S® Baby.

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects up to 20 percent of all babies, particularly those with a family history of skin irritations, asthma, or allergies. In babies, it often appears as a red, irritated, itchy rash on the face and scalp. In about 10 percent of cases, certain foods (such as cow's milk, eggs, wheat or oranges) may provoke an attack.

In babies, eczema often appears as a rash around the mouth and cheeks, but may spread to the chest, back and feet. Here are some tips for dealing with eczema, as well as extremely dry or sensitive skin. You should also talk to your baby's doctor about treatment:

  • Avoid the things you think may cause itching, such as dust, grass, weeds, wool clothing and certain soaps, detergents, fabric softeners and perfumes. It may help to keep a diary to determine the cause.
  • Give your baby daily short baths -- no more than 5-10 minutes -- in water that is warm, not hot. You may want to add a specially formulated oil to the bathwater.
  • Use mild skin cleansers or shampoos specially made for babies with sensitive skin. Be extra careful on areas often exposed to the environment.
  • Dry the skin after a bath by patting with a soft towel, and then immediately apply moisturizer. Do not rub the skin.
  • Moisturize frequently throughout the day, especially after bathing.
  • Use an emollient cream, smoothing it into the skin in a downward motion.

Although eczema can be an irritating condition, by following these tips, you can help to make your baby more comfortable.