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So today we will be talking about baby eczema, the cause and also treatments for it. To start with, let's get into what it is.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, cracked, and rough. Some types can cause blisters as well.
Although eczema affects adults, it is most common in children.
90 percent of people with eczema experience it before age 5, and an estimated 60 percent of people with atopic dermatitis develop it before the age of 1.
This so-called baby eczema usually continues through childhood and adolescence, and sometimes even into adulthood.
Baby eczema is most prominent on the cheeks, forehead, and scalp of babies within the first few months of life, and often tends to make the skin look more red and “weepy” than at other ages.
The eczema can appear on other parts of the body as well, including the nappy area.
This changes slightly once babies begins to crawl, usually between 6 and 12 months, the eczema will typically affect the elbows and knees, which rub on the ground. The eczema rash can become infected, resulting in a yellowish crust or tiny bumps.
What Causes Eczema in Children?
Well, at this present time, researchers don’t actually know exactly what causes baby eczema, but they do believe it’s most likely due to a combination of genes and environmental factors.
Babies are more likely to develop eczema if any of their family members have a history of eczema, hay fever, or asthma.
While these conditions don't cause one or the other, babies are more likely to develop hay fever or asthma if they already have baby eczema.
Treatment for Baby Eczema
Although there’s no cure for baby eczema, the condition usually becomes less severe over time.
Treatment focuses on managing skin dryness to prevent flare-ups and reduce skin inflammation.
Here are some of the highly recommended strategies for parents with babies that have eczema:
1. Avoid giving your baby long hot baths (use cool or lukewarm water instead) or rubbing your baby’s skin too much, especially with rough washcloths, loofahs, or towels.
2. Moisturise your baby’s skin frequently with fragrance- and dye-free ointments, creams, and butters, especially right after a bath.
3. Dress your baby in soft cotton clothing that “breathes.”
4. Avoid using scented products where possible.
5. Keep your baby’s fingernails short to prevent scratching, which can damage the skin and lead to further inflammation and infection.
So there you have it, this was a quick Kiya Breakdown on baby eczema, the causes and ways to treat it. I really hope you found it useful, if you have your own tips, please share them below!