While eczema can affect adults, it’s a lot more common in babies. According to statistics on ScratchSleeves, this chronic inflammation happens to about 20% of all babies. It’s frequently found in babies with a family history of eczema, allergic rhinitis, or asthma.
Generally, eczema shows up as reddish, crusty, and irritating patches on the skin. They appear on the hands, face, neck, back of knees, and the inside of elbows.
Eczema comes in several inflammatory skin conditions. These include atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, scalp eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis.
Affected babies experience periods of flare-ups, followed by other periods when they have no symptoms. If the condition becomes severe, make an appointment with your baby’s doctor for treatment.
The causes of baby eczema are not precisely known. Researchers believe it could be due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. It’s important to know that it’s not contagious. However, some common triggers are a variety of allergens and irritants.
Strive to keep your baby away from dust, pollen, grass, weeds, wool, some soaps, and perfumes. Cigarette smoke, dry winter air, and excessive heat are also common culprits.
For babies with sensitive skin, use mild skin cleansers on the affected areas. Pat the skin softly after bathing to dry, and moisturize as often as possible throughout the day.
If you’re worried about baby eczema, look at the following infographic. You’ll see that it’s a common condition, but treatment is available. Feel comforted to know that your baby will outgrow it. Take a look here:
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I have experienced baby eczema with both of my older two children and was lucky enough they both grew out of it as they got older. But the tips above really do work I have tried them all myself.
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