Don’t Confuse Diaper Rash with Infant Eczema
Eczema in infants is a skin rash that can affect babies for the first two years of life. It generally manifests on the face, but it can spread to the legs, arms or belly. It can actually reach any part of their bodies. Infant eczema commonly dissipates by the time children turn three. It can stick around and follow them as they transition into becoming toddlers or even teenagers for that matter. Eczema in infants usually looks like dry, scaly skin which can be very itchy for the baby. If left untreated eczema can cause blisters which can cause pain and discomfort for the child.
We picture our babies as beautiful, perfect little bundles of joy, and no parent likes to see their child uncomfortable because of dry skin and blisters. The cause of infant eczema is not really known, but many believe it to be inherited from parents that have allergies such as hay fever, asthma or other allergies. Using soaps, harsh detergents, and synthetic chemicals from particular types of clothing can make eczema worse.
What Should You Do?
Keep your babies skin clean and moisturized! Dry skin may not particularly be the root cause of eczema, but it does make the condition worse. Ensure that you are using lukewarm water when you bathe or rinse the child. The hotter the water you use on the skin the dryer it becomes. Gently pay your child dry and dress them in loose-fitting cotton clothes. Animal hair and dander are a known irritant to babies so keep the pets away until you can get a proper hold on the condition.
Food is another cause of eczema, but it may be difficult to determine what food exactly causing the allergic reaction. The best way to determine this is to do a simple test eliminating one food at a time until you can find the food that the baby is being affected by. If the baby is being breastfed, the mother will have to test and eliminate foods that she’s consuming. Although there is no instant cure for infant eczema, there are simple things you can do to reduce the baby’s discomfort as much as possible. If you’re unable to help to lessen the symptoms of the infant eczema, consult with your child’s doctor or a dermatologist who can prescribe medication for the lesions and sores. The high spot is knowing that most babies outgrow their eczema, usually by their teens, if not sooner.