How To Treat Baby Eczema on Face for Good
If you’re tired of hearing and reading different pieces of advice on how to treat baby eczema on face, you’ve come to the right place.
My nephew was born with very sensitive skin, so as his aunt--not to mention a mom myself--I helped my sister look for cures. We went from doctor to doctor, read every page of how to’s on the internet, and tried almost every treatment (and trick) there is--from pharmaceutical drugs to herbal medicines.
It was a scary journey because there are treatments that would work well at the beginning then all of a sudden stop being effective. There are those that cause flare-ups right off the bat.
So I am sharing with you everything that I learned from this journey: what worked and what didn’t.
Nonetheless, note that I am no medical practitioner. The information I am writing here is a culmination of research and doctor’s explanation. But it worked for my nephew and, hopefully, it works for you too.
What is Eczema?
Before you get too involved in the eczema treatment peregrination, let me tell you that it requires a rather meticulous process. Also, eczema can lead to skin infection, which requires a different treatment altogether.
So you have to make sure first that you are dealing with the right skin problem so as not to aggravate your baby’s condition. For baby acne, here’s the treatment plan.
Here are the telltale signs:
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, are patches of dry and itchy skin. It is also red and rough. At times, especially when it is flared-up, you can see fluid oozing from it that causes crust.
It usually appears in skin folds like the neck but your baby’s face is a common target, too.
One in five babies acquire this skin problem before they are five years old, so you can say that this is pretty common.
How is it different from a skin infection?
A skin infection, on the other hand, has more symptoms according to the American Academy of of Dermatology, Inc. These include the following:
- Pus-filled blisters
- Honey-colored crusts
- Sores similar to cold sores or fever blisters
These symptoms may appear on top of eczema. Aside from these symptoms, your baby may also have a fever, swollen tonsils and lymph nodes, and flu-like symptoms. She may also be very irritable due to pain.
If your baby has these symptoms, proceed to the treatment to skin infection section below.
Treatments for Baby Eczema on Face
I’ll enumerate here only the treatments we tried. Note that there may be other treatments out there that are not listed here. That does not mean it does not work. It’s just we haven’t tried it.
Also, remember that this is based on OUR experience. This worked for US. Others’ experience may be completely different.
1. What Worked
a. Moisturizer with emollient
Not all moisturizers are created equal. Basically, it is divided into two categories: one that contains emollient while the other has humectant.
For your baby’s eczema on face, you need an emollient. As I mentioned earlier, eczema causes the skin to be very dry and rough. Moisturizers with emollient do a good job of preventing water or moisture loss from the skin, which is what rough and dry skin needs.
However, it may not work if not done properly.
So, right after taking a bath, pat the affected skin but leave it feeling damp. Then apply the moisturizer immediately.
This will make sure the skin has a barrier to prevent water loss and keep bad bacteria out.
b. Herbal remedies
Before you raise your eyebrows, let me tell you now that there are natural remedies that help relieve eczema. They may not completely get rid of it, but if your little one is itching, there’s no harm in trying these alternatives or as supplements to the pharmaceutical cure.
Two of our tested remedies are sunflower oil and evening primrose oil. Both are applied topically and help reduce dryness and itchiness.
When buying herbal remedies, make sure to choose only organic products to ensure there are no harmful chemicals.
c. Corticosteroid cream
When my nephew had flare-ups, his doctor prescribed corticosteroid cream. As the name suggests, this cream contains steroids to prevent inflammation.
Take note that although steroids are recommended by some doctors, you still have to consult with one before buying over the counter.
What didn’t Work
a. Aqueous cream
There are emollients called aqueous cream. It is commonly prescribed to treat eczema for adults, but for babies, it may cause more harm than good. My nephew’s skin was even more irritated after applying this cream; hence, we stopped it right away.
b. Herbal remedies in its original form
Unprocessed herbs may work for adults but not for babies because their skin is more sensitive. Leaves, seeds, or barks may contain pollutants that if not cleaned properly may aggravate the skin problem.
Treatment for infected eczema
If you suspect your little one’s eczema is infected, do not treat it yet without consulting a doctor. Skin infections may be caused by either a virus or bacteria, so you have to be sure which one is causing the infection.
How to avoid eczema (for good)
Eczema, although common, has no cure because its cause is not yet established. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.
My nephew’s doctor says kids can grow out of it usually when they are teens--some as early as five years old.
Another preventive measure you can do is to tame triggers.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, sweat, dry air, and stress trigger eczema. But not all of these may apply to your baby. You have to observe her carefully.
Once you are aware which one sets off your baby’s skin problem, try to manage it at home by doing the following:
Keeping your baby’s skin clean and dry
Keeping your house clean
Using sensitive skin-friendly products
Controlling humidity at home
Not smoking inside the home
Checking if pets worsen your child’s condition
Having different skin cares for the changing weather
Knowing how to treat baby eczema on the face requires a rigorous skincare routine. But don’t worry, as your baby grows older, her symptoms will be lessened and may completely disappear.