Eczema is a chronic itchy skin condition. Eczema commonly begins within the first five years of life, most often in the first six months. Eczema in babies appears in about 10 to 15% of children. It particularly lasts into childhood and adolescence. That means babies can also get involved in eczema during their beginning years. The visible signs are the patches of red skin, dry, rough, and itchy skin. Despite of appearing in certain area of the baby’s body, eczema most often takes place on a baby’s cheeks and also at their arms and legs joints.

“Fortunately, most children overcome the itchy irritation of eczema before school age or about 5 years old.”

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Eczema in a baby – image via sitik.wordpress.com

Meanwhile, some kids will have eczema into adulthood. Reduction happen and can stand or years, though the tendency to have dry skin often lingers.

How eczema could appear in babies?

It is a huge possibility for the babies to get eczema if their parents also have eczema. It is claimed that heredity is a big factor in whether an infant gets eczema. Another factor of eczema in babies is defects in the skin barrier which allow moisture out and germs in.

Eczema in babies can occasionally be triggered by skin irritation caused by chemicals, such as the detergents in bubble baths, shampoos, washing powders and softeners for fabric. Instead of using soaps and detergents in the bath, try to use emollient and change your washing detergent to non-biological one, to see if this has impacts to your baby’s eczema.

Still, there are some triggers of common eczema to avoid, including:

  • Dry skin. Eczema tends to be worse in winter, when the air is dry and tends to improve in the summer when it is more humid. Dry skin causes the baby’s eczema itchier.
  • Irritants. The scratchy wool clothes, body soaps and the perfumes that the baby use can also trigger a baby’s eczema flares.
  • Stress. Babies with eczema may react to stress by flushing, which causes itchy, irritated skin — and an increase in the symptoms of eczema.
  • Heat and sweat. Both heat and sweat can make the itch of infant eczema worse.
  • Allergens. Some experts believe that some children are allergic to certain foods and it can trigger the eczema to expand. There’s still debate regarding whether food allergies in children trigger eczema. However, it is also believed that removing cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, or certain fruits from a child’s diet may help control eczema symptoms.

Is there any treatment to use to deal with eczema with babies?

Many people, especially parents whose babies suffer from eczema must expect some cures to help their babies free from eczema but unfortunately, there are no cures for eczema, check this post. In most children eczema becomes less severe with time and the good news is eczema can be controlled.

eczema on handBut there are some treatments available for eczema in babies, such as oral antihistamines which are sometimes prescribed if the baby’s eczema is very itchy and disturbing his or her sleep, but they aren’t used routinely as the available one for young children often cause drowsiness, so they are best used at night. Doctor’s advice is also required for this treatment.

If the babies have more severe eczema, as doctors often recommend, they may need stronger steroid creams or ointments periodically. Although there is still no evidence that this is permanent, the main side-effect of creams or ointments is thinning of the skin, moisturize the skin that it prevents the skin to be dry. If their eczema isn’t responding to the treatment, they may need to be referred to a specialist dermatologist for other treatments.

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