The Scary Eczy The minute our baby arrives, we start hearing a lot about infant eczema, like, a lot! We hear that it is itchy, it is dry, it gets flaky and bloody (eek!), it is suffering, to say the least \u2013 both for bub and the mum. And then one fine day, the patch of dry skin we\u2019ve been monitoring on our child\u2019s arm starts getting redder and drier. Is it? Could it be? No\u2026 no, it can\u2019t be! Before we know it, our baby starts developing the darn skin condition and we are at a loss! \u201cWhy is this happening to my child? Why is he itching the way he does? Will the condition ever go away? What can I do?\u201d \u2013 these are but a few frustrating questions we ask incessantly \u2013 mostly to ourselves, like a broken tape recorder, into the still of the night. Understanding Eczema The big, scary word \u201ceczema\u201d is actually a common term that describes various inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema (that\u2019s foot and hand eczema), and scalp eczema (yes, that\u2019s cradle cap in infants); while the word \u201catopic\u201d indicates a form of allergy. It is believed that eczema is a result of an immune system dysfunction, thus affecting the skin barriers\u2019 ability to hold in moisture. Now babies are prone to the condition, not necessarily due to the said dysfunction in their immune system, it could also be because of their thinner skin barrier that is not able to hold moisture, leading to reactions towards irritants and allergens. To date, scientists and researchers do not know yet the exact causes of eczema in babies other than the condition is likely due to genetic and environmental factors. Now, that\u2019s a wide scope to narrow down to, right? There are, however, a few things that we can look into to understand what causes the onset of the condition and what are some common triggers to better manage eczema, preventing it from getting worse. The Triggers There are many external or environmental factors that cause the baby\u2019s immune system or skin to respond to the irritants as if his or her body is under the attack of harmful elements, this reaction is what gives the result of inflamed, angry-looking skin. Below is a list of triggers parents may want to pay attention to and eliminate them from either their diet or living environment to alleviate the condition: \tHigh allergen foods like peanut, eggs, seafood, caffeine, etc \tSecond- and third-hand cigarette smoke \tPet dander \tDust mite \tFragrances found in household products such as laundry detergents, perfumes, hand sanitizers, shower foams, shampoos, etc. \tHeat \tHumidity \tDrool \tSweat The Cure... or Is There Any? There is really no other way to put this out gently other than there is no cure for eczema, but the good news is, the condition usually improves over time. What parents can do then, is to take preventive measures. Besides removing food and environmental triggers, here are a few things parents can do to help their baby cope with eczema. \tStress can cause a flare-up, so try keeping your child calm with lots of cuddles and hugs, calming music, speak in a soothing voice, and comfortable room temperature and ventilation. \tKeeping your baby\u2019s fingernails checked and clipped regularly; wear mittens for him when he sleeps to prevent scratching. \tGive time in the day to let your child \u201cair out\u201d without clothing on, making sure your child doesn\u2019t catch a cold or get too sweaty. \tDress your baby in breathable clothing, avoid swaddling her up too snuggly in the daytime. \tKeep the room at a consistently cooling temperature to avoid excessive sweating. \tAvoid long, hot baths; hot water dries out the skin, so a 10-minute bath in warm water is sufficient. \tUse unscented cleansers and moisturizers with gentle, mild formulas. There Is Only One\u2026 Speaking of gentle, mild formula, how do we determine that? Mild body and hair shampoos are those that contain weaker detergents and surfactants, these are what we call the cleansing agents, they help remove oil and dirt. When shopping for gentle cleansers, parents may want to consider one that also contains natural oils or botanical extracts to keep your baby\u2019s skin hydrated and moisturized. Cetaphil Baby\u2019s Moisturizing Bath & Wash and Cetaphil Baby's Daily Lotion Cetaphil is an established, trusted brand by mums all over the world, throughout the ages. The pediatrician-recommended Cetaphil Baby\u2019s Moisturizing Bath & Wash and Daily Lotion proves to soothe and moisturize with ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter. Made by skin experts, it is formulated to protect your baby\u2019s delicate skin from irritants while soothing sensitive and dry skin. Cetaphil comes in a wide range of products for your baby\u2019s skincare needs: \tCetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath and Wash \tCetaphil Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo \tCetaphil Baby Gentle Daily Lotion \tCetaphil Baby Shampoo Not only that, Cetaphil Baby's Daily Lotion with Shea Butter has also been awarded Try & Review's Baby Category Grand Winner, voted by trusted Malaysia mums. You may check out Cetaphil's Baby products range and many of its skin-loving products at their e-commerce platforms such as Shopee and Lazada now! As parents, all we want is to give our little bub the best of everything, why not start by including this simple 2-steps routine in your child\u2019s bathtime for a calmer, happier baby? Giving our children's skin the best care, Cetaphil\u2019s formula is the answer.