Eczema is an incredibly uncomfortable medical condition which often affects young children and countries such as ours have some of the highest numbers of sufferers in the world.
Many believe that these figures are down to the huge amount of chemicals that we unwittingly use in our daily lives in the Western world, but the good news is there are things you can do about it.
If your baby is one of the 20 per cent of children in the UK who suffer with this debilitating condition, it can be a horrible time for both you and your little one. As such, it might be helpful to know that there are a series of measures you can take to reduce the symptoms and these include buying only organic cotton clothing for babies with eczema.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a non-contagious dry skin condition also known as dermatitis. Sometimes it can cause the skin to appear dry, scaly, red and itchy, but in more severe cases, the skin can become crusty and weeping. Often, because of its scratchy nature, the skin can bleed which allows infection to get in and make the condition worse
According to the National Eczema Society, one in five children and one in twelve adults has eczema, which is a genetic condition based on the interaction between a number of genes and environmental factors. Sufferers can also be prone to associated conditions such as asthma, allergies or hay fever.
It’s environmental factors, such as excessive heat or moisture against the skin, as well as the presence of man-made chemicals, which can cause eczema to become worse or trigger a flare up, so, if your baby is a sufferer, there are ways you can help.
Take a look at the products in your home, such as the kind of washing powder you use and make sure it contains no chemicals which may irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. Also, consider the types of food they eat and the clothes they wear, making sure that it’s all as natural as it can possibly be and unlikely to cause allergic reaction.
How to reduce the symptoms of eczema in children
If the eczema has already flared up and is causing your little one discomfort, then there are a series of things you can do to help calm the problem down as much as you can. Take a look at the list below for inspiration:
- Use an emollient in their bath and skin care routine to return moisture to the skin
- Avoid wearing wool as it can be scratchy
- Wear only organic cotton clothing, as it is chemical and pesticide free which will reduce the likelihood of allergic reaction
- Use distraction techniques to help them stop itching, rather than drawing attention to the scratching
- Keep their nails short and consider scratch mitts at night
- Keep your home cool
- Buy chemical free washing powder and washing up liquid
Why Is Organic Clothing Good For Babies With Eczema
The main reason why organic clothing is so good for a baby’s sensitive skin, is because absolutely no harsh chemicals are used in making the garments, from the cotton picking process in the very beginning, to the moment they hit the shops. This way, you can be reassured in knowing that none of the toxic pesticides, herbicides and other nasty finishing chemicals that are often used in standard cotton making processes will be going anywhere near to your little one’s skin.
Then, there’s the fact that many believe organic cotton clothing is softer against the skin, making it less likely to itch and more absorbent, to draw away moisture which can lead to an eczema flare up.
Organic clothing also often comes with flat seams, no neck labels and nickel free poppers, which again can cause irritation.
BUY YOUR ORGANIC BABY CLOTHING ONLINE
At Natures Purest we have lovingly created a range of skincare products, baby clothing and accessories, which are all designed to be the kindest they can possibly be to a baby’s skin, offering the sort of natural, chemical free environment that you would hope for.
So, if you have a little one who is suffering from a skin condition such as eczema and you’re on the hunt for ways to help alleviate the problem, why not take a look through our delightful range and buy your organic baby clothing online with us today.