Infant Eczema

Infant Eczema

Some of the common childhood diseases and conditions that can cause skin rashes on your baby as well as older children include eczema, poison ivy, and infections like chickenpox.  Many other conditions common in infants, such as baby acne, erythema toxicum, and heat rash, can resemble Infant eczema.

The most common cause of dry skin in a baby or toddler skin rash is eczema. Many infants get eczema in their first months of life.  Infant eczema is an itchy, red rash that occurs in response to a trigger. It is common in children who have a family history of asthma, allergies, or atopic dermatitis. Eczema is a variety of skin problems that occur throughout infancy.

There are a few various kinds of eczema, the most widespread being “Atopic” which is mainly suffered by babies and children. Eczema may occur on baby’s face as a weepy rash. Over time it becomes thick, dry, and scaly. You may also see eczema on the elbow, chest, arms, or behind the knees. To treat it, identify and avoid any triggers. Use gentle soaps and detergents and apply moderate amounts of moisturizers.

Nearly 20% of infants develop eczema, and it can be extremely irritating for the infants to have. There is no cure for it, but there are ways to control it.  If your child has eczema and scratches a lot or has thickened skin from scratching, it is suggested that you use wet wraps. Wet wraps are wet bandages applied over moisturizers with dry bandages on top. They can be effective in moderate to severe eczema when used intermittently.

When shopping for baby skin care products less is definitely more. Look for items without dyes, fragrance, phthalates and parabens. All of these ingredients could cause skin irritation to your infant. When in doubt, talk to your pediatrician to see if a product is appropriate for newborn skin.

Eczema can also be caused by an infant’s allergy to milk. If breast feeding, the baby can be allergic to what the mother is eating. To find out if this is the cause, a mother may need to take the infant to the allergist to get tested for allergies.

To avoid skin problems at bath time, remember that your newborn’s skin is ultra soft and sensitive. Keep baby’s skin hydrated by bathing in warm water for only three to five minutes. Apply a baby lotion or moisturizer immediately after bath while skin is still wet, and then pat dry instead of rubbing.