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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

IS YOUR BABY ITCHY AND IRRITATED? CHECK OUT THESE 6 TIPS THAT MIGHT JUST BE OF GREAT HELP



When a baby's silky smooth skin develops red, dry, itchy patches, the simple explanation is often eczema. It is believed to commonly affect children around 2 to 6 months of age, eczema (or atopic dermatitis) affects close to over 20% of infants and young children. In this article, BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO presents top you six tips that might just be of great help if your baby is itchy and irritated.
AVOID TOPICAL IRRITANTS
Did you even realize that so many babies have skin allergies to the perfumes, dyes, and chemicals in common household products like soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and bubble baths? Switching to hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products can help relieve eczema;anything that you apply put on their skin should be fragrance free. Another thing you need to know is that washing their laundry with fragrance-free detergent and fabric softener. Seem to help minimize flare-ups and itching.

TEST FOR FOOD ALLERGIES
Topical irritants aren't the only allergic reactions that can cause eczema. Keep a food journal to see if certain foods trigger flare-ups, or ask your pediatrician to recommend an allergist. Always take note of how they react to certain food intake, even as an adult haven’t you noticed yourself that sometimes some foods provoke certain elements? and this leads to pop-ups etc on your skin.


USE A GOOD ECZEMA CREAM
Slathering on a gentle, fragrance-free eczema cream is one of the best treatments for eczema. It is hereby advised to apply eczema creams several times daily, especially right after baths this would help soothe the skin and prevent further outburst.

AVOID OVERHEATING
(Recommendation) children with eczema should put on simple/lightweight, breathable fabrics. Lots of light layers are great as overheating can make eczema even worse. Be sure to avoid heavy and scratchy fabrics like wool, also so it would be a bad idea to make their bath water to be hot, just a slight warm is ideal.

LIMIT SCRATCHING DAMAGE
 Since eczema makes skin seriously itchy, heavy scratching is usual. However to prevent your baby from worsening the rash with cuts and infection, keep nails clean, short, and covered at night. Also try some lightweight mittens.

DILUTED BLEACH WATER
This research was found to be more effective at treating eczema than some other methods, in-fact according to “sayings” the improvement was so dramatic that the researchers had to halt the study and quickly implement the method. It is advised to take proper pre-caution while implementing this method though, scant 2 teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of bath water, or (1/2 cup per full tub) at least twice a week, make sure your child doesn’t drink the water. Disperse the bleach in the water before putting your child in the tub, (not the other way round) also make sure this doesn’t get into your child’s eyes or any where it can cause serious irritation.
Remember to consult your doctor if these treatments don’t seem to work even after you might have tried it for a week or two, and make sure you inform your doctor of the methods you’ve been applying.

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