Nourish, soothe and protect your baby’s sensitive skin.
Your baby’s sensitive skin needs special care every day. So finding the right daily routine and the safest products with natural ingredients for your baby means a lot, especially when it comes to washing and comforting your child and preventing the recurrence of itchy, dry or irritated skin.
AVEENO® Baby Daily Care
You know your baby has sensitive skin. We’re extra sensitive to that.
AVEENO® Baby Daily Care products are formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat blended with rich, moisturizing ingredients to help protect your baby’s delicate skin for a full 24 hours. Hypoallergenic, phthalate and paraben-free, and gentle enough to use every day – even on newborns.
AVEENO® Eczema Therapy for Baby & Toddler
Soothes like a parent’s care. Relieves itch with our most gentle care.
AVEENO® Eczema Therapy treatment for babies & toddlers is clinically proven to help relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin with eczema. The formulas, either with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat or Colloidal Oatmeal, intensely moisturize and help strengthen the skin’s natural ability to protect against moisture loss and prevent recurrence of extra-dry skin. It’s steroid free, fragrance free and allergy tested. For grownups with eczema, see our AVEENO® Eczema Therapy line for adults.
Baby Eczema: Causes & Treatments
What is Baby Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that usually appears as an itchy, red patch on the hands, feet, backs of elbows and around knees, ankles and wrists. It also may affect a baby’s cheeks, chin, chest, forehead or scalp. Eczema can appear in other areas too, though not usually the diaper area where moisture acts as a barrier.
Dry skin, sweating, pet dander or even dust can cause a flare-up of your child’s eczema. Scratching also can make eczema worse, causing redness, swelling and other symptoms like itching.
Though its cause isn’t completely understood, up to 10 percent of babies and toddlers have eczema. If you have a family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever, your baby may be more likely to develop it. Adult eczema may not look the same on a child, which is why identifying symptoms and triggers is important to protect your baby’s skin.
Though there is no cure, daily skin care including regular bathing and moisturizing with a clinically proven solution like AVEENO® Eczema Therapy treatment is essential to care for your baby’s eczema.
The Eczema Itch-Scratch Cycle
Many soaps, disinfectants and fragrances can make eczema worse for baby’s skin. Common products that may cause a flare-up include: detergents and dryer sheets; bubble bath and some shampoos; disinfectants like chlorine; dyes, and coarse fabrics like wool. Always wash new clothes before they are worn, use dye-free and fragrance-free detergents, and choose sunscreen made for sensitive skin.
Typical allergens like dust mites, pet dander, pollen and mold can cause itchy, inflamed skin. Make your home an allergy-free zone by vacuuming and wet-dusting frequently, keeping soft toys (which trap dust) to a minimum and washing them often, and grooming pets regularly.
Extremes in temperature and humidity may trigger an eczema flare-up. Environmental triggers include very hot or very cold temperatures, high or low humidity, cigarette smoke and pollution. Keep the baby’s bedroom between 68 and 72° F and maintain even humidity in your home.
It’s relatively rare in infants, but one in 10 children with eczema experience symptoms caused by food allergies. In general, children under age 5 with severe eczema also may have a food allergy, most commonly triggered by milk, eggs, nuts, seeds or wheat.
While stress doesn’t cause eczema, symptoms may worsen as the result of tension, anger or frustration. If your child is having problems at daycare, you may notice more eczema flare-ups than usual. Stress also can cause habit scratching, which perpetuates the itch-scratch cycle. In that case, keep your child’s fingernails short and consider cotton gloves or mittens if your child tends to scratch while sleeping.
The Itch-Scratch Cycle
Unfortunately, the more babies scratch, the more likely they are to perpetuate or even worsen the itching, redness, and swelling. This is referred to as the “itch-scratch” cycle and it can be very painful.
More often than not, eczema will go away as your baby grows older. Treatment at the onset can stop eczema in its tracks, which is why daily skin care like bathing and moisturizing is essential.
An effective and scientifically proven skin care regimen like AVEENO® Eczema Therapy for Baby & Toddler eczema-prone skin, can strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and help you prevent the recurrence of itchy, dry, irritated and uncomfortable skin.
Eczema Care: Bathing & Moisturizing
It can be very challenging to care for a baby who is uncomfortable because of an eczema flare-up. So following a daily regimen of bathing and moisturizing is key to keeping baby’s sensitive or eczema-prone skin under control. Mild cleansing can help the skin absorb topical therapies, which keeps the barrier intact and helps prevent flare-ups.
Moisturizers trap water in the skin, which makes it more flexible and less likely to crack. It’s important to moisturize regularly, even when your child does not have a flare-up because dry skin is a frequent cause of eczema.
- Use lukewarm water to wash your child.
- Use a mild, non-drying, fragrance-free cleanser, such as AVEENO® Baby Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing wash.
- Gently pat skin dry — don't rub.
- Avoid body sponges and washcloths.
- Apply moisturizer, such as AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream, to damp skin (within 3 minutes after the bath).
- Apply prescribed medications first and then liberally apply moisturizer.
- For some medications you may be advised to wait 15-20 minutes before applying moisturizer so be sure to follow instructions and, as always, talk to your child's doctor if you have questions.
AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief
We could say it soothes dry skin for 24 hours. But we’ll let baby’s happy smile say it for us.
AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief is clinically proven to moisturize and relieve baby’s dry skin for 24 hours. The formula is so gentle it’s even good for infants with sensitive skin. The wash is soap-free, fragrance-free and, like all AVEENO® Baby products, Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Moisturizing Cream are also hypoallergenic.
AVEENO® Baby Calming Comfort®
A little comforting care can help baby have a restful sleep. (And you, too.)
When combined with a warm bath, AVEENO® Baby CALMING COMFORT® Bath is clinically shown to comfort your fussy baby before sleep with relaxing scents of lavender and vanilla. The soap-free, tear-free bath formula contains ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Extract, and the lotion softens skin too. Both leave skin feeling clean, soft, and healthy.
AVEENO® Baby Ingredients
Lauren CarratelloMother of 3,
Trisha BonnerFirst-time Mom,
Manager of Research & Development
As leaders of the team creating AVEENO® Baby products, Lauren Carratello and Trisha Bonner have spent years researching and testing the best, safest skin care ingredients to help parents care for their babies and children. “Becoming a mom has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” Lauren says. “And I knew when it came to everyday skin care for my babies, AVEENO® Baby would be my choice. I can personally speak to their mildness and safety, because I choose the ingredients for the products.” Click below to find out more about those ingredients…
Aveeno® Baby products are formulated with care by moms, for moms, to protect and nurture your baby’s sensitive skin.