According to The National Eczema Association, a baby's eczema requires treating both skin dryness and inflammation. This treatment can be accomplished by following a good bathing routine using unscented or mild soaps and lukewarm water, anti-inflammatory and steroid topical creams, as well as applying moisturizer once to twice daily. Parents Magazine also suggests identifying the triggers to the baby's eczema, which could be temperature related as well as food related.
According to Parents Magazine, foods that may trigger baby's eczema include milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, citrus or tomatoes. Other triggers include pet dander, dust, heat and cold. Identifying the specific triggers for the baby helps prevent future outbreaks. To avoid infecting irritated skin, keep babies' nails clipped and use scratch mitts. Oatmeal baths are also suggested to help alleviate itchy skin. WebMD recommends using moisturizers which contain ceramides, but any fragrance-free moisturizer, such as Aquaphor, Aveeno or even Petroleum Jelly, works. In some cases a topical steroid such as hydrocortisone cream or ointment may be needed. These are available over the counter or by prescription. Use mild, fragrance-free detergents, and wash all new clothing before using on the baby. Consult with a pediatrician for a proper diagnosis, allergy test and individualized treatment plan for the baby.