There is no known cure for Atopic Dermatitis so the focus of daily skincare should be on supporting skin’s protective barrier to prolong the period between flare-ups. Giving skin the moisture and lipids it needs to prevent further dryness will help to do this.
Bath time is an important bonding time for baby and parent, but even pure water can increase moisture loss2 so try to keep it quick and, when your child is old enough, encourage them to take showers instead of baths. And, because hot water causes further moisture loss, use warm water.
Avoid exposing your baby to the sun, especially during the first few months. When they are three months or older be sure to limit exposure, avoid the peak hours when sun is at its most intense, use protective clothing to shield your child’s delicate skin and use a very high sun protection factor such as Eucerin Kids Sun Lotion Sensitive Protect SPF 50+. Alternatively, if you prefer a chemical-free sunscreen. Both are suitable for babies and children from three months.
When you child is three years or older try Eucerin Kids Sun Fluid Sensitive Protect SPF 50+ or Eucerin Kids Sun Spray Sensitive Protect SPF 50+. Both products are clinically and dermatologically proven to be suitable for children with atopic skin.
You can read more about how to care for young skin in the sun in children and the sun.