What is baby and childhood eczema?
Eczema, is an inflammatory skin condition that causes itchiness, dry skin, rashes and scaly patches. Eczema is a common condition in children, with an estimated 15% of children in the United States having atopic dermatitis– the most common type of eczema which causes the skin barrier to become dry and itchy. Eczema in babies and children can develop on any area of the skin at any age, but in infants it usually appears on the scalp and face, especially the cheeks, while in older children it occurs most often in the creases of the elbows and knees, along with the neck, wrists and ankles. Eczema begins with itchy skin, followed by a rash.
What causes eczema in babies and children?
Among the factors that play a role in causing eczema are family history, food allergies, asthma and hay fever; an overactive immune system function; stress; and environmental factors like climate and pollution. Common household items like soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and cleaning products are also potential environmental irritants. Eczema is not contagious.
How do you treat baby and childhood eczema?
While there is no cure for eczema, most cases can be managed with a customized skin care routine developed with your dermatologist along with strategies to eliminate triggers. Experts also advise that baths and moisturizers can play an important role in treating eczema, decreasing flare ups and easing your child’s discomfort. Bathing helps to gently remove dead skin cells and bacteria from the skin and also provide hydration, while applying a moisturizer or lotion for eczema immediately after bathing provides a barrier to help prevent water loss, relieves itchiness and helps the skin to heal.
What is the NEA Seal of Acceptance?
Children with eczema have very sensitive skin, so using products that are eczema friendly is key. That’s where that little blue logo, aka the NEA Seal of Acceptance, on our Eczema Lotion comes in. That logo shows that the National Eczema Association has awarded Pipette their Seal of Acceptance, and our lotion for eczema has met the stringent ingredient criteria of the NEA Seal of Acceptance Review Panel, and doesn’t contain any of the irritants and contact allergens that are known to exacerbate eczema or irritate sensitive skin. Not only that, our bestselling Baby Balm and Baby Cream to Powder both have the NEA seal, too. Because if you or a loved one are living with eczema, you know that ingredients really, really matter.
Are Pipette products eczema friendly?
Safety is and always has been our number one priority here at Pipette. That’s why, from the beginning, we banned over 2000 suspect and potentially irritating ingredients from all our formulas, not just our Eczema Lotion. To put that in perspective, the U.S. government only bans a measly 12 ingredients, and the European Union bans 1376 ingredients. Once we stripped away all the suspect stuff, we developed streamlined, minimalist formulas using science-backed ingredients that skin easily recognizes and what we think is the best baby eczema treatment and best eczema cream for kids. Because we believe that our kids deserve better—we all deserve better. And that’s true whether you have eczema or not. You can find out more information on our ingredients here.
What is the best resource for information on childhood eczema?
If you’ve been grappling with eczema in your infant or child for a while now, you might already be familiar with the National Eczema Association (NEA). But for parents whose kids have just received an eczema diagnosis for the first time, we’re here to tell you that this nonprofit is one of your best possible resources. You can find information on eczema in babies, eczema in children, common (and uncommon!) eczema triggers, the latest on COVID-19 and eczema, and so much more. For more answers to your commonly asked eczema questions, read this story with Peter Lio, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.