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Does my baby have Eczema? August 24, 2016 16:40

There’s nothing like snuggling up with you’re beautiful new born or growing baby. Most babies are born with a variety of harmless imperfections (rashes, spots, acne and bumps). Your baby’s skin is a work in progress and goes through a number of changes in the early days and weeks of it’s life.  

Infant eczema is one of the most common baby skin conditions. Usually it appears in the first six months and only lasts up to their 5th birthday. There is not one single cause for eczema. It can be hereditary or a reaction to allergens or environmental irritants such as pollen or smoke.   

The main symptom to look for is:- 

Itchy rashes – usually from the face down through to any part the body. Look at the crooks of your baby’s body (elbows, knees), wrists and ankles. It may look like dry, thickened, scaly skin or tiny red bumps that ooze or look infected when scratched. 

A few things you can do? 

Seek medical advice. You’re family doctor is your first port of call to correctly diagnose eczema and advice on any treatment.  

Regulate your baby’s body temperature. Any rapid changes can dry out the delicate skin. Choose natural soft fabrics like cotton for clothing and bedding.  Dress your baby’s hands with mittens or socks and keep fingernails short.   

Keep baby’s skin moisturised and stay away from any harsh soaps and detergents.  Use mild, fragrance-free for laundry and no chemical fabric softeners. 

Get connected with other parents going through the same thing - it helps to share advice, experience and ideas in managing the condition.   

 And, don't forget: 

Grab plenty of rest where you can. A new baby is a challenging season of life and managing infant eczema on top of that can be exhausting.  Allow family and friends to help whenever they can and make use of any local support groups. 

 

Infant eczema usually clears up into that lovely soft, smooth skin parents adore.  Many children outgrow eczema by the time they turn two. Some by the time they’re adults. If only adult eczema could just disappear in the same way. 

 

*Please remember to always seek medical advice. This article is written generically about eczema and should not supersede any advice received by a medical professional about an individual condition. If you think you have eczema, atopic dermatitis or any other condition get the advice of you Family Doctor especially before beginning or changing any course of medication.