Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition of the skin. Baby eczema in particular is the condition affecting babies and infants. It makes them itch endlessly, have dry skin, rashes and skin sensitivity. Infantile eczema, as it is also called, may develop before the age of 5, though in most cases, babies are able to outgrow it since it is treated when treated early.
How baby eczema looks like
Before we look at the baby eczema treatment, we need to look at
Just so you may know, baby eczema affects 10-15% of babies and as noted earlier, is characterized by dry patches, redness on the skin, itchiness and roughness. It is important that parents distinguish the baby eczema with another condition affecting babies known as cradle cap. This condition also has nearly the same symptoms but it is different. The latter usually heals in 8 months and usually affects the scalp, eyebrows, nose and the eyelids,
What cause eczema?
This condition is usually caused by underproduction of fatty cells known as Ceramides. Trigger factors include irritants, sweat and heat, allergens as well as dry skin.
There are various baby eczema treatment options and include any of the following:
Use moisturizers and preferably those that are free from fragrances. Ointments and creams such as petroleum jelly should be applied on the skin of the baby daily.
Bathing the baby in lukewarm water
Lukewarm water as opposed to hot or warm water is preferred because it hydrates the skin and hence lessens the itching.
Use of topical steroids
Topical steroids such as hydrocortisone 1% are a good baby eczema treatment option that reduces inflammation and redness appearing on the skin.
Other baby eczema treatment options
Use of antibiotics and ultraviolet light therapy are also recommended especially when the other treatment options have failed.
Whichever baby eczema treatment method you opt for, it is advisable you help prevent your baby from scratching themselves.