Eczema can leave a person's skin feeling dry, bumpy, and itchy, and it is very common with babies. If your baby suffers from eczema and the lotion you are using is not helping, there are other options you could try. Natural options are the best for a baby's skin, and there are several natural ingredients you could try. Here are two of the safest and most effective natural ways to treat your baby's eczema problems.

Oatmeal baths

Oatmeal is not only natural and safe for a baby's skin, but it also has healing properties in it. Using plain oatmeal in your baby's bath may soothe his or her rough skin, but you may find more effective results if you mix in some olive oil and baking soda. To prepare an oatmeal bath for your baby, you should place the following ingredients in your baby's bathtub and fill it with warm water:

  • 3 to 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons ground oatmeal

One reason eczema flairs up is from dry skin, which is why oil is helpful. Olive oil has a way of locking in moisture, and this will help your baby's skin keep its hydration. The baking soda is great for soothing itchy skin, and the oatmeal provides a protective layer of moisture on the baby's skin.

Pure aloe vera

Many doctors recommend using petroleum jelly on a baby's skin to ease the dryness caused by eczema, but using pure aloe vera gel is often a better option. Eczema is actually caused by an overreaction of the body's immune system, and aloe vera gel can be helpful in boosting and regulating a person's immune system.

Aloe vera also has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, it helps soothe the inflammation, bumps, and redness caused by eczema. In addition, aloe vera can naturally eliminate bacteria on the skin, which can also help reduce the symptoms caused by eczema.

It is best to use pure aloe vera on your skin to treat eczema, and you can rub it on your baby's skin several times a day. The good part about aloe vera is that it is completely safe, even for a baby.

If you would like to treat your baby's eczema, try one of these options. If your baby is still having trouble with his or her eczema, talk to a dermatologist, such as at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists, to find out if there are other options to try.