One of the most frustrating situations any parent can be faced with is a baby who scratches. There are many causes for itchy skin, but sometimes it can seem like a true mystery to figure out just what’s behind the irritation your baby is dealing with. The good news is that there are some general treatments and techniques that may help alleviate or at least cut down on the itchy skin that causes your baby to scratch.
Scratching is a natural response
The first thing to keep in mind is that if your baby scratches – there’s a reason for it. Scratching is a very natural reaction to irritated, itchy, dry, or inflamed skin, so if your baby is showing the signs of scratching more that a few times a day, something is probably going on. Working with your pediatrician to rule out any easily treated skin issues is a great first step. Or go rogue, if you’ve already gone the traditional route, begin investigating what’s causing the itch through personal research! Eczema, allergies, and rashes are common with kids and are often related to each other, between you and your pediatrician, there are great resources to help handle the situation.
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We recommend a two part process to tracking the trouble caused by itchy skin in your baby. Number one, keep a journal. This may sound silly – but it can create miracles in your life! Every time you notice that your baby is itching, make a brief note in a special notebook about what they are wearing, what they ate last, any products you recently applied to their skin (soaps, lotions, shampoo, powders, etc.), and anything else of importance. This can help you quickly find a pattern and handle a food allergy, detergent sensitivity, fabric sensitivity, or even just time of the day when things seem to get worse. Knowledge is power!
Frequent moisturizing is a must
The second step is to choose an all natural and totally gentle moisturizer that is safe for use on all of your baby’s skin. Moisturize several times a day – especially if dry skin seems to be part of the problem. Often time a little hydration can cut back on how irritated the skin feels which can help baby stop the itching and scratching cycle. Make sure to choose layer creams from light to heavy after a bath to lock in the moisture. For a list of what works with other baby’s, keep an eye on our other blog posts to see the suggestions posted by other parents. If you’ve found the perfect cream, lotion or emollient – please post is in the comments section below so that other parents may benefit from your experience.
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Finally, recognizing that itching and scratching can be a vicious cycle can help stop the process all together. Often times itchy skin quickly leads to scratching, and the scratching leads to more irritated and itchy skin! Stopping the ‘Scratch-Itch’ cycle starts the victory over problems associated with scratching babies. For a simple way to stop the cycle in its tracks, read about ScratchMeNots flip mittens to cover those scratching fingers in a unique way!