Eczema Relief and Caring for Baby Clothes

Published: 05th April 2011
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Eczema is a kind of dermatitis or inflammation of the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). It is used to refer to a wide range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and skin rashes. Eczema symptoms are characterized by redness, swelling, itching, dryness, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking oozing and/or bleeding.

Eczema is very uncomfortable, especially in babies. And a lot can trigger an eczema flare up including certain foods, the sun’s heat, cigarette smoke, pet dander, dust mites, pollen, fragrances, synthetic fibers, and of course, laundry products.

To control your baby’s eczema, doctors recommend taking out the irritant. First, identify what causes the irritation. Once you’ve identified the culprit, prevent it from coming in contact with your baby’s skin. More often than not, the location of the eczema provides a clue as to what causes the irritation.

If it is around the mouth or face, it may be a reaction to food. In this case, simply washing your baby’s face after eating may prevent rashes from forming. If it is all over your child’s body, it could be the clothes that your put on child, the soap that you use to bathe your baby or the laundry products that you use to wash his/her clothes.

Avoid dressing your child in synthetic or woolen fabrics because these are fairly abrasive can irritate your baby’s skin. Dress you child only in cotton clothing. Also, use cotton sheets and soft, cotton blankets.

Bathe your baby only three times a week. Bathing more often rids the skin of natural oils that will calm the rash, dries the skin and worsens the condition. Use only the mildest soaps for your baby’s sensitive skin. Soaps, especially scented ones tend to leave a thin layer of fragrance or some other residue. This layer of residue does not have any moisture retaining properties and can dry the skin. Not only that, this layer of residue will have a Dry Clay Effect to the surface of the skin. The tiny cracks expose the underlying layers of tissue that are very sensitive, causing them to dry and become irritated. This can lead into the first stages of eczema. Residue free soaps may not be the solution as well since they rob the skin or natural oils. If this is the case, the oils from the skin should be replaced by a mild moisturizer, emollient or simple wax creams.

As for laundry products, the scent alone can cause allergy symptoms in children and adults alike. Since your baby’s clothes are in constant contact with his/her skin, you should make sure that there is nothing in them that could cause irritation. Regular laundry detergents leave a residue in clothes each time they are washed. According to experts, after eight washes, two percent of a garment’s weight is from residue. This residue comes from anything that will not rinse out of clothes when washed. The two most common laundry residues are fragrance and brightening agents. If your baby’s clothes smell liked detergent, it is covered in a thin layer of fragrance residue. Similarly, if your baby’s laundry glows under a black light, it is covered in an Ultraviolet brightener or a brightening agent. Laundry detergent residue is very harmful because when perspiration comes in contact with the residue in the fabric, it reactivates the chemicals which then irritate the skin. Use only the mildest, fragrance- and residue-free laundry products when washing your baby’s clothes.

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