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5 Tips for Dealing with Eczema

March 1st, 2015

By Dr. Amy Kim

Eczema numbers are skyrocketing; it commonly flares in the colder and drier winter months.  These five simple tips that will help babies, kids and adults live an eczema free life.

  1. Bathe your baby – A common myth is that you shouldn’t bathe children with eczema.  However, clean skin is less prone to infections and other germs.  Keep baths short (less than five minutes) using lukewarm water and a gentle, ph-balanced soap.

  2. Moisturize your baby – Eczema is all about dry skin, so moisture is critical to protecting the skin barrier.  After bath time, pat your baby dry to reserve some of the water and then moisturize head to toe.   Repeat in the morning as well, using a lubricant like a hydrating ointment.

  3. Bump up the moisture - At the first sign of any dry skin or even sensitive skin, bump up your baby's moisturizer from a cream to a hydrating ointment.  Ointments have at least 80 per cent oil in their composition and are the most effective at preventing water loss from the skin.  A trick to making ointments feel less greasy is to apply them to skin that is still damp.  

  4. Treat your baby – If you see signs of eczema, increase the regimen, using an allover moisturizer at least twice a day.  

  5. Ask for help – As parents, we want to think that we can fix everything for our baby, but even parents need help.  If the symptoms don’t subside, contact your doctor.  Sometimes, a corticosteroid – a good steroid that the body produces naturally – can ease the inflammation and irritation.

Dr. Amy Kim is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon. She is also the first dermatologist mom to release a line of infant skin care products, Baby Pibu. For more information visit

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