Eczema and your little one
If your bub has suffered, or does suffer from eczema you have my heartfelt sympathy. At it’s worst it means hospital stays for your little one and at its best and mildest it’s a complete pain in the neck. Eczema is an insidious condition which causes the skin to become red , dry and inflamed.
My daughter suffered from it sporadically as a baby and I went back and forth on the best ways to treat it. As it was we started off with trying to cut everything out of my diet that might be affecting my breastmilk and as a consequence her. When that didn’t work I tried lots of natural remedies. Some helped, some didn’t. In the end I had to use some prescribed creams which many of you know brings their own set of issues. Thankfully she outgrew it and only suffers mildly from it in the hot summer months.
For my niece however it was a whole different story. Her battle with eczema had a profoundly devastating effect on the whole family when it was at its worst. The trouble with treating it is that it varies so much from individual to individual. My brother and sister in law ran the gamut of medical professionals until they found a dermatologist who instituted an aggressive programme of treatment for my niece. Thankfully after a few weeks it meant the whole family got their first decent nights sleep in months.
Her constant scratching caused her poor little skin to bleed and blister which would wake her in huge pain and discomfort. As well as wet wrapping her skin every day she was put on a regimen of steroidal creams that were reduced in usage once the condition was under control.
Interestingly a study carried out in 2009 issue of Pediatrics discovered that a bleach bath can help significantly with reducing its impact. Amy Paller, senior author of the study suggests 1/2 cup per full tub) at least twice a week, taking these precautions: 1) Make sure your child doesn’t drink the water. 2) Disperse the bleach in the water before putting your child in the tub (you don’t want undiluted bleach to get on your child’s skin). “We presume the bleach has antibacterial properties and decreased the number of bacteria on the skin, which is one of the drivers of flares,” she explained.
Have you used bleach baths?
Does your little one have eczema? How do you cope with it?