Checklist: Soothe Your Baby's Eczema

Infantile eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can occur when a baby is switched from breast milk to formula, or started on solids. Use this checklist to reduce baby's risk of eczema and make her feel better.

How to Treat Eczema

___ Give your baby fewer baths—and keep 'em short and sweet. Letting baby soak for too long will only dry his skin more.

___ Rub a rich skin cream all over his body right after bath time. Make sure it's fragrance-free (scents can sometimes be irritating) and made for delicate skin.

___ If your house is really dry, run a humidifier in the nursery to boost the level of skin-hydrating moisture in the air. And make sure the room's temp isn't too hot or cold.

___ Dress your child in loose, soft clothing (cotton onesies, as opposed to wool) to avoid further chafing or itchiness.

___ Don't overbundle your baby.

___ Keep baby's fingernails short. Otherwise, if he's really itchy he could do a number on his skin.

___ Cover his hands with a pair of baby mitts or socks while he's sleeping—another scratch-reducer.

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