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How to Treat Baby Eczema in the Winter

Little newborn baby looking, baby with skin rash, child dermatitis symptom problem rash, newborn suffering atopic symptom on skin. concept child healthIt’s December and officially winter in most areas. Wintertime means it is colder and drier, and this change in conditions can typically worsen even a mild case of baby eczema. Eczema can appear when sensitive skin becomes rashy from being too dry or irritated. Dr. Amy and the Baby Pibu team share a few tips on how to treat baby eczema in the winter.

  • Humidify the air
    • Did you know that the humidity level significantly drops in the wintertime? It can go from 30-50% in the summer to under 5% in the winter. This extra dryness in the air can pull out the moisture from your skin and that extra dryness can lead to a case of baby eczema in the winter. Dr. Amy suggests putting a humidifier in your baby’s room. It doesn’t matter if it is a cold or warm humidifier, but cold is suggested to avoid any accidents with the warm to hot water.
  • Moisturize and moisturize!
    Baby Pibu™ Hydrating Ointment carries the seal from the National Eczema Association.
    • Remember that baby’s skin is more sensitive than adult skin. Dr. Amy recommends slathering on a fragrance-free moisturizing cream or ointment after bath time. Putting on a heavy cream or ointment right after bath time locks in the moisture. Look for products with the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association (NEA) to be further cautious and be more confident in choosing safe products for your little one. If your baby is having significant dryness or an eczema flare, repeat and repeat the slathering on of a heavy moisturizing cream or ointment like Baby Pibu™ Hydrating Ointment. Simply repeating the moisturizing process may be all you need to treat baby eczema in the winter.
  • Minimize the time at bath time
    • Exposure to water actually dries the skin out so long baths can dry your baby’s skin out. When your baby’s skin looks dry or irritated, make sure to keep baths warm and less than 5 minutes.

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      Baby Pibu™ Bathtime Wash
    • With your bath time, consider using a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free 2-in-1 hair and body wash like Baby Pibu™ Bathtime Wash. And, after bath, lock in the moisture by immediately slathering on a thick cream or ointment.
  • Spot and soothe eczema early
    • If you spot an ill-defined rash on your baby’s cheeks or outer parts of their arms and legs, your baby could be flaring with eczema. Soothe and calm the baby eczema flare in the winter by keeping bath time short and slathering on repeated applications of a heavy ointment, such as Baby Pibu™ Hydrating Ointment. Avoid triggers and irritants such as heavily fragranced soaps, bubble baths, detergents, dryer sheets, and lotions.
    • If baby’s skin is getting worse, talk with your pediatrician or dermatologist as your baby may need extra treatment with a corticosteroid or non-steroid cream.