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My eczema survival tips shared on NEA, experience gained from caring for my daughter

Here’s another article that I shared on National Eczema Association website which is a great resource. Read my 8 survival tips for caring for eczema baby, and the many more by other eczema friends around the world.

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Baby Walkers – The Good and the Bad

A baby walker is a very simple device. At it’s simplest, it’s nothing more than a small framework of plastic or metal sitting atop a platform with wheels on the bottom and a cushioned seat in the center. When a baby is placed inside, it helps the child to move around.

Although the peak of their popularity was the mid nineties, they remained popular until the abnormally high accident rate of babies that used them became noticeable. They have since regained some of their popularity as the industry responded to their problems by making safer baby walkers.

These devices are controversial and there are people on both sides of the issue. Some believe that baby walkers are very useful in enabling the child to move around and explore on his own before he or she has developed motor skills and coordination. Others believe, however, that the use of a baby walker inhibits the development of those very same motor skills. Still others believe that because of their new found mobility, children are able to get into troubles that they may otherwise have avoided. Troubles such has getting a-hold of potentially harmful utensils on table tops that he would ordinarily not be able to reach.

Some parents believe that a baby walker is a great time saver device as it let’s them go about their own business while their child is pre-occupied in the “mobile playpen”. However, such a belief is a recipe for disaster. If a kid is too young to be able to walk on his own, he is surely too young to be left alone in a baby walker. And hospital statistic bear that out as one of the most common injuries to babies brought in to U.S. emergency rooms are injuries related to the use of a baby walker. In most cases the injury is directly caused by the baby-walker tipping over near stairs or an uneven floor area and injuring himself in the process.

Parents who are determined to use a baby walker for their child should take certain precautions. The first is to never leave their child unattended. The second is to not use the device on a surface that is uneven and that may cause the walker to tip over. Never, never, never allow your child to be near a stairway while in his walker – this is where most injuries occur. Ensure that the walker is well constructed. And lastly, make sure that whatever walker you buy has the latest built in device safety features recommended by the government.

Studies have shown that babies who extensively use these walkers usually learn to walk at a later age than children who are not always in such devices. As a parent, you can mitigate this trend a bit by not using the walker as a crutch or baby sitter. If you feel that you do need to place your child in a baby walker, try to do it for as short of a period as possible so that he does not become dependent on it.

Jill Viland writes articles on children and child related subjects. For her latest article on baby walkers please visit her web page.

Parents – What You Need to Know About Baby Eczema

Eczema, also commonly referred to as atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that millions of Americans deal with. Included in those numbers could be your new baby. If you are the parent of a baby who was recently diagnosed as having eczema, you are likely to have many questions. Now is the time to get answers.

The Cause

There are many different causes for baby eczema. Eczema can be hereditary, meaning if someone in your family has it, your child may too. Although eczema is often compared to allergies, it is slightly different. Certain allergens, including food and airborne allergens can bring on an eczema outbreak. Another common cause is the chemicals found in laundry detergents and scented bath soaps.

The Treatment

In adults, there are many ways to treat eczema. There are ways to manage and treat baby eczema too, but they can be more difficult to implement. If you or a medical professional believes eczema flare-ups are caused by food, it can be difficult to change your baby’s diet if he or she is breastfed. Actually, you are the one who needs to temporarily watch what you eat.

As stated above, there are many causes for atopic dermatitis in babies. Two common causes are reactions to laundry detergents and soaps. These products can irritate a baby’s skin, since the skin is so sensitive at a young age. If you suspect these are causes, make changes. Laundry detergents for babies, those with low chemicals, or all-natural products are best. Scented bath products are great because they leave your baby smelling cute, but not if they irritate his or her skin. Instead, opt for organic on non-scented products.

You now know some of the most common causes and ways to treat baby eczema, but now what? There is good news. Atopic dermatitis affects individuals of all ages, but it is common in the early years of life. Luckily, most children outgrow it by their teens.

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Baby Eczema – What Every Parent Should Know About Dermatitis

A baby or toddler that has eczema can be very cranky and irritable. To see your baby with a rash or red patches can be very difficult emotionally. Watching your infant squirm and be in discomfort can make you feel

helpless. The itchy sensations can disturb your child’s sleep and this will mean you aren’t sleeping well either.

It’s important to have your child wear little mittens to prevent scratching. Be sure also that the nails are cut short as this is an instinctive response to an itch that most adults cannot even control. Your child may resist it when you try to cut the nails, so make it into a little game and be playful about it.

Fabrics and skin care are very important to help relieve baby eczema problems:

1) Dress your child in cotton as wool and other fabrics can create an itching sensation.

2) Use products for sensitive skin to assure your baby will not get further inflammation on the skin. This includes the laundry products, bath oils, shampoos and moisturizers used.

3) Avoid wearing perfumes and fragrances in case your child is having an allergic reaction to these factors.

4) Be sure to air out your child’s room daily with fresh air, check for mold or mildew and wash surfaces with an all natural cleaner. Vacuum to pick up dust particles that may cause respiratory or rash problems.

5) Get a moisturizer for sensitive skin designed for toddlers and use it during the day two to three times. Apply it while your child’s skin is still damp after a bath. Sing songs with your baby or toddler and distract them so they aren’t focused on the eczema rash.

6) Rotate foods and try to avoid milk, eggs and wheat for a week in your child’s diet in case these are the trigger culprits for the dermatitis.

Try to keep your mood cheerful and don’t be overwhelmed by your child’s situation. By having a light and hopeful attitude, you will convey this to your child.

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Eczema hands and weaning a baby

A post for Everything for Eczema from Healthy Little Frugals

Eczema has always been part of my life, though its intensity has varied a lot over the years. When I was a child, my hands, knees and arms were badly affected, and I can still remember not being allowed anywhere near a sandpit because of my bandaged hands. I was lucky that most of my symptoms had eased up significantly by the time I started school, and apart from the occasional outbreak, I could keep my eczema largely at bay without using steroid creams.

During my first pregnancy, my skin was as good as can be and I had hardly any eczema related symptoms. A few months’ post- birth, however, it was a very different story. Whether it was a change in hormones, a sudden new reaction to certain foods (my diet had not changed), or just bad luck, the skin inside both my palms became extremely dry and itchy. It happened overnight. I tried to manage with a range of over the counter moisturisers, but with no effect.

I started to dread washing my hands (which, with a new baby, seems to happen every 3 minutes approximately), as they were raw, sore and my movements were restricted by painful cracks. Simple things such as opening all my fingers at the same time brought blood to my hands and tears to my eyes. In the initial baby haze, I was too caught up in my baby and being a new mum to take my skin problems seriously, and rather optimistically I assumed that things would somehow get better by themselves.

As those with children will know, the amount of hand washing you do with a precious new baby in your life is unprecedented. There are countless nappy changes, bath time, and the general ‘every germ is out there to get your baby’ paranoia, where washing your hands becomes the main weapon for protecting their innocent little immune systems.

With all that in mind, my eczema was just about manageable until we reached the 6-month mark, and a new adventure into early parenthood began: weaning and solid foods.

I don’t need to tell anyone who suffers from eczema just how painful it is to handle certain foods (citrus fruits, onions, tomatoes), combined with the added dryness from the over-cautious hand washing, when you already have highly irritated skin. Holding a burning hot piece of coal in the palm of your hand is the closest I can come to describing it, and to then repeat this ‘experience’ countless times every day.

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Not only was I preparing different snacks and meals for my baby about 5-6 times a day, but I was also careful that every piece of food I gave her was as clean as can be, on an equally sparkling clean plate, with her own hands being washed all the time as well. Unsurprisingly, all this additional exposure to food and water meant that the skin on my hands went from bad to worse.

One of my first points of contact was my GP; however, I didn’t find the advice I was given particularly helpful. After taking one quick look at my hands, I was given some Aveeno samples and sent on my way.

On my second trip the doctors, this time with a different and more understanding GP, I was prescribed a mild steroid cream. Even though I didn’t want to use it, largely out of fear that some steroid components might filter through to baby through breastfeeding, I gave in, and luckily for me, the cream did its job very quickly.

Once my skin had improved, I tried to find ways to prevent the problem from coming back. Finding a (non-steroid) cream that was suitable for breastfeeding and had restorative ingredients became a game changer.

I started with a GP prescribed hand moisturiser that, despite smelling rather unpleasant, was brilliant. I have since done a lot more research, and come across many products online that for me, are a lot more effective than most big-branded creams from supermarkets and drug stores.

What has also been very useful to me was to purchase some gloves for everyday use at home. Whilst this might sound a little strange, I highly recommend them to anyone with sore hands, as I noticed a huge improvement shortly after using both latex and cotton gloves.

The latex gloves are pretty much exclusively for use in the kitchen, as they act as a second layer of skin, under which you can apply your moisturiser, and then get on with it – chopping, cooking, and cleaning without exposing your skin to water and food.

They also have the added benefit of making you feel a bit like a surgeon! I know not everyone can use latex as it can be an allergen, but if you can, I would strongly recommend them.

The cotton gloves helped overnight. I would wear them over a thick layer of moisturiser which would give my sore hands some precious time to heal.

These little life-hacks made a huge difference for me, and I made sure that after baby number 2, I made most from my new eczema knowledge and paid more attention to my skin from the start. We are nine months into life with a (weaned!) baby and toddler, and so far, my skin seems to hold up well.

B x

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