How to reduce & prevent overnight eczema flare ups in babies

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What triggers eczema in babies and children?
Eczema in young children can be triggered by a variety of things. Common triggers are:
  • Irritants: chemicals, weather (hot and humid or cold and dry conditions) and air conditioning or overheating, tobacco smoke
  • Allergens: house dust mites, molds, grasses, plant pollens, foods, pets and clothing, soaps, shampoos and washing detergents
What are the signs and symptoms of eczema in children?
  • Dry, red, patchy or cracked skin
  • Can appear on any part of the body
  • May be weeping/oozing or have yellow/brown crusting
  • May be itchy
Babies and kids with eczema can be itchier at night than they are during the day.
  • Overheating during sleep due to temperature or synthetic fibers
  • Body temperature fluctuating – sweating and cooling quickly
  • Synthetics fibers irritating skin through chemicals, or by containing sweat on skin
  • Scratching itchy skin overnight
Eczema is often a culprit for sleepless nights in those small children who suffer the condition. Helping your baby minimize irritants at night can contribute to a more restful sleep.
Image of baby with eczema rash on face and body
All ergoPouch sleepwear is made from breathable, natural fibers including certified organic cotton and bamboo, and dyed with water-based dyes. They are non-toxic and contain no chemicals. This benefits your eczema-prone babe for multiple reasons.
  1. Soothing, chemical-free natural fibers are soft against the skin and won’t irritate sensitive or weeping eczema patches
  2. Natural fibers improve breathability and disperse moisture on the skin, to keep your little one’s body at an even temperature no matter the season. Our natural fiber products are TOG rated for warmth, ensuring your mini will be comfortable and safe all night long.
  3. Our sleep sacks and layers provide coverage that can stop your child from directly itching their skin
How does organic cotton help reduce and prevent eczema in babies?
Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses natural methods to minimize the impact on our environment, using less water, reducing toxic emissions and replenishes soil fertility. Our GOTS-certified organic Cctton is free from pesticides and is not genetically modified like conventional cotton.
What it does for babies and kids:
  • Allows skin to breath
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Reduces chances of overheating
  • Reduces eczema flare-ups
  • No toxic chemicals against your child’s skin
Best for:
Natural fibers are safer for your child and better for their skin.
Can be found:
All ergoPouch sleepwear is made from natural fibers; certified organic cotton and bamboo.
All ergoPouch products are dyed using water-based ink, meaning they’re non-toxic for your child and their skin, and better for our environment.
For eczema in babies, be wary of:
Stay away from sleepwear with synthetic outer materials AND fillings, such as polyester. Synthetic fibers do not have the same qualities and can lead to temperature variations throughout the night.
They can also trap too much heat, which can be a particular problem for babies with eczema as this will aggravate the condition. Overheating is also dangerous for small babies and can lead to SIDS.
Choosing sleepwear for your eczema-prone child
Whilst organic, natural fibers are a great start, it's important to choose the right warmth (TOG) rating for the season. View the TOG rating chart in our What to Wear Guide to help you choose the right TOG and product for your child.
Skylar wears: 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer in Sage. Leo wears: 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer in Grey Marle. Cruz wears: 0.2 TOG Long Sleeve Layer in Berries.
1 Eczema Association of Australasia
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