Let’s start by setting expectations: There is no known cure for eczema. What we offer is a method to successfully manage your baby’s or family’s eczema. The goal is to keep it at bay as much as possible using an integrated approach that combines a natural lifestyle philosophy with evidence-based science.
Delicate and thin preemie skin especially needs non-toxic, health promotion by nurturing this first line of defense until it has grown and thickened. It’s East-meets-West, and Nature-meets-Nurture.For eczema-prone skin:
For active eczema flair-ups:
NOTE: Care for eczema-prone skin differs from care for baby skin with active flare-ups. Read on to learn more.
The Best Eczema Products are Made with the Best Ingredients for Eczema
Here are some of our favorites:
Rosehip & Cranberry Concentrated OilsOur proprietary PHYTOCURA complex (with lots of healthy essential fatty acids) is made with ingredients known to stimulate skin growth and help balance and maintain the skin’s natural ecosystem of flora and fauna that is so essential to the skin’s immune functions.
ProbioticsProbiotics are healthy bacteria that are necessary for the skin’s strength and immunity. They populate the skin to keep it healthy and protected, and are particularly important for eczema or other bothered skin conditions. Our probiotics come from vegan sources.
Aloe Vera Leaf JuiceAloe Vera Leaf Juice is a moisturizing extract from the aloe plant that provides cellular nutrition and skin hydration. Because of its naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory attributes, it soothes irritated skin and can speed minor wound recovery.
Calendula Flower Extract and OilCalendula Flower Extract and Oils have hydrating antiseptic, astringent properties that help soothe itching and irritation from scrapes, eczema, burns, hemorrhoids, and wounds that are slow to recover. Calendula stimulates the body’s immune system to protect itself from infection and supports healing.
Chamomile ExtractBy regulating the skin’s anti-inflammatory response, chamomile soothes and calms the skin, supporting its natural ability to produce moisturizing oils and immune factors while helping to shield from environmental contaminants.
The Right Skin Care Routine is Critical
Our BEB Organic 3-Step skin care routines, specially designed for eczema and eczema-prone skin, provide extra gentle cleansing, nourishment, and protection for baby’s skin.
To help prevent eczema-prone skin from flaring up, it is important to keep it from drying out. This can be challenging since your newborn’s sebaceous (oil-producing) glands are not yet fully developed.
Here’s your key to success—the BEB Organic Simple System:
Step 1: Bathe every other day, cleansing the skin with BEB Organic Bubbly Wash for hair and body. Babies don’t get very dirty, but if you can’t resist dipping your darling in the bath, a daily bath is fine, just keep it very short. Pat baby dry gently.
Step 2: Apply Nurturing Oil to face and body to help restore the skin’s moisture balance while supplying active levels of nutrients to support and strengthen skin health. Wait a moment for the oil to soak in. If you want an extra dose of prevention, use the Soothing Serum and/or Silky Cream before the Nurturing Oil. BEB Organic Soothing Serum (formerly named Healing Gel) and Silky Cream help naturally balance the skin’s moisture and flora to reduce the population of potentially harmful bacteria on the skin’s surface. So even if there is an eczema flare-up, chances of infection are minimized.
Note: Do not apply over-the-counter creams and lotions to open wounds or active eczema flares. Many contain harsh chemicals in them that can dry out and irritate baby’s skin rather than restore moisture to it.
Step 3: Now it’s time to block out moisture for the diaper area. Choose a thicker balm with strengthening skin healers like rosehip oil and ceramides to restore skin texture and maintain balance. Our 22% zinc base will help battle bacteria and seal out wetness. BEB Organic Diaper Balm gives velvety thick protection while imbuing tender skin with ingredients that accelerate healing, prevent infection, and manage painful inflammation.
Active Eczema Flair-ups
If your baby’s skin has active eczema flair-ups, you can avoid the risk of irritating or aggravating it by eliminating typical baby soaps loaded with toxins and chemicals that can just perpetuate the problem.
Step 1: A countertop water filter will give you chlorine-free water that prevents dousing your baby with chemicals at a time when their pores are most open. Give baby a quick bath (about 6 or 7 minutes) to keep them clean and provide water to the skin. BEB Organic Bubbly Wash not only rinses off easily and moisturizes, it softens skin and leaves it smelling mandarin-rose fresh without synthetic fragrances. Carefully pat them dry without rubbing their skin.
Step 2: If your doctor has recommended a steroid treatment cream, apply it immediately after our probiotic-enriched Soothing Serum (formerly named Healing Gel). Using Soothing Serum over the inflamed areas (and whole body) nourishes while it helps heal tender skin.
Step 3: Gently coat your baby’s body with ample amounts of Silky Cream and Nurturing Oil, but avoid disturbing the steroid cream or moving it around the body. If you aren't using steroid cream, then coat active flare-ups with BEB Organic Diaper Balm to allow for rapid healing while insulating the skin from infection-causing bacteria and irritating air pollution. Try Diaper Balm before using steroid creams if you can. It is always better to avoid steroids if they aren't absolutely necessary.
- Our BEB Organic Bubbly Wash is fragrance-free, extra gentle, and moisturizing.
- BEB Organic Silky Cream, Nurturing Oil, and Soothing Serum (formerly named Healing Gel) are enriched with vitamins, nutrients and probiotics to help optimize skin immunity.
- And our protective, petroleum-free Diaper Balm safely defends delicate and developing baby skin against the challenges of air pollution, bug bites, sunburn, wind chap, and dryness.
Please keep in mind that proper baby skin care for eczema is not the same as a medical treatment. Natural and organic baby skin care does not take the place of necessary drugs.
However, natural baby skincare may help reduce the need for steroids and other more aggressive medical treatments.
Skin care products and pharmaceutical products can work in tandem to help manage distressing baby skin problems like eczema.
Listen to Your Dermatologist
Eczema can be both intimidating and frustrating. The support and guidance of a good doctor can be crucial to your success in the battle against baby eczema.
For flare-ups, using pharmaceutical steroid creams or other prescription medications may be necessary. They play an important role, but aren’t without side effects.
But a good doctor’s goal will most certainly be to keep eczema at bay without unnecessarily introducing steroids and their risk of side effects, like thinning skin and reduced skin immune function.
Your doctor will likely help you identify baby eczema triggers by listening to your story, asking good questions and maybe doing a patch test to identify allergies.
She may recommend steroid creams and will hopefully also give you lists of typical triggers to investigate—like the nickel-plating on most onesie snaps, dust mites in the bedroom, and pollen at the park.
The #1 recommendation of nearly every pediatrician or dermatologist is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
She’ll tell you that a petroleum-free barrier balm (Diaper Balm) is absolutely essential to apply right after bath because it seals in moisture and helps calm or prevent an eczema flare-up.
Creating a plan of action with your doctor, following through with the approach you design together, and complying with follow-up visits are an important part of successfully managing baby eczema.
Reduce Your Baby’s Stress
As is true of most health challenges, stress can aggravate baby eczema.
Preemies who are already dealing with the intense stress of just being in an air world they weren’t quite ready for—with skin that’s vulnerable and not ready to protect them—need as much soothing and support as they can get.
There are numerous approaches to reducing baby’s stress, many of which you might not normally connect to caring for your baby’s eczema.
Key stressors in baby’s life are separation from mom, overstimulation, lack of attention, pain, hunger, lack of sleep, and picking up on the stress of others around them.
Understanding your baby’s cues will make you better equipped to reduce stress and fight the good fight against eczema.
Knowing how to interpret your baby’s cues helps build a parent’s confidence and satisfaction. And knowing you’re giving your baby the purest products to soothe worry, ease pain, and heal skin issues can relieve your stress as well as your baby’s.
Clean-Up Your Baby’s Environment
Some eczema or stress triggers in the environment can’t be controlled, but many can. Triggers range from allergies to changes in the weather.
Because they can affect baby through their skin, lungs, and digestive system, key areas of concern are air quality, toiletries, fabrics, water, and food.
Many times, simple changes can help your baby thrive. Here’s a short list of questions to ask about potential triggers in your home:
- Where does your baby sleep and play?
- What does she eat and drink?
- What clothing, diapers, linens and toiletries touch her skin?
The answers to these questions help you create a healthy environment.
Using natural products like fragrance-free laundry detergent, non-toxic floor cleaner and health-promoting skincare products like BEB Organic Bubbly Wash or Diaper Balm help prevent exposure to environmental contaminants.
Everyday products and foods often contain chemicals that are toxic to your delicate baby.
Your baby's body must either store these contaminants in their tissues or eliminate them through sweat and other body systems.
Either way, the contaminants can trigger eczema. That is the single best reason to avoid gluten, fragrances, and harsh synthetic chemicals in baby’s wash, lotions and balms.
Gluten can be tricky to avoid as some big makers of skincare products actually use ‘Aveena Sativa’ (oats) as their active ingredient for baby eczema creams. While oats don’t inherently have gluten, there is a very, very high probability that the oats in those creams contain gluten from cross-contamination in crops and manufacturing facilities.
Remember to check the label to avoid baby creams and products with Aveena Sativa or other gluten-containing ingredients.
Don’t Give Up
Symptoms of eczema will ebb and flow, and the trick to beating your baby’s eczema is to stay in the game.
Do the work to figure out what the most common triggers are for them and avoid it, even when there isn’t an active flare up. Triggers could change from time to time, so stay aware, be flexible and patient, and simply keep trying.
While more than 10% of babies will experience eczema in their first 5 years, 50% of those cases will clear up as the baby ages, never to return again. The first 5 years are the most critical period for careful, thoughtful management of your baby’s eczema.
When something that once worked stops working, try something else. When something stops working, don’t hesitate to go back to the things that worked before.