As a first mom, you may be able to observe your baby for baby eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a common type of eczema affecting babies. Eczema is described as a multiple or range of conditions affecting the skin. You will notice scaly rashes, redness, cracks and tiny bumps that ooze. Eczema will be most pronounced in the body joints such as the bends of elbow, behind knees, chest and scalp. The baby may be too small to be able to rub himself, but you notice attempt to rub them. They instead will use the best way of communication: crying. The baby will also suffer from disrupted sleep.
Causes of baby eczema
There are various reasons behind baby eczema. One of them is the link to hereditary whereby if the baby comes from a family with people having hay fever or asthma, they will have a predisposition to the condition. Your baby will start showing signs of eczema within the first 3 months. Atopic eczema in particular is prevalent in babies. A faulty immune system as well as environment is other reasons that may cause a baby to have atopic eczema.
Treating baby eczema
Treating baby eczema calls for a concerted effort in order to suppress it as much as possible. Some of the methods that are used to treat it include the following:
Moisturising the skin
Dryness on the skin is a trigger factors for eczema hence the need to moisturize the baby skin using baby lotions or moisturising creams.
Bathing the baby
It is important that you be careful on the option you opt for when bathing the baby. Lukewarm water is better than warm water, while bath soaps should be selected based on the sensitivity of the skin.
Cotton vs. synthetic
Cotton is preferable for clothing your baby as opposed to synthetic because the former allows for breathing through the skin and less irritating.