Eczema in babies

Babies are the most affected by eczema, hence the name infantile eczema. Eczema affects children at different stages with most symptoms of atopic dermatitis appearing before the baby attains the age of 5.

The areas on the body where eczema in babies manifests include the following:

Skin rash

This rash first tends to appear on the scalp before moving to cheeks and thereafter spreads to other parts of the body such as the arms, feet and chest. As the time progresses, the rash will start to appear on the bends of elbows.

How eczema appears on babies

There is usually appears scaly, thick skin with some red bumps which may be bleeding. The skin becomes scarred due to scratching. It is important that at this point and time, the doctor is involved to test the skin of the child in order to determine the treatment option to take.

What causes eczema in babies?

This is one question whose answer may be difficult to give because no one can say with certainty what causes the eczema in babies. There is however some factors that having been linked to onset of this condition in babies. These are discussed below


A child may most likely suffer from eczema if there is history in the family for hay fever or asthma attack.


Allergens in the child’s environment can trigger an attack from eczema. Examples of allergens include the food that you feed him on.


There are irritants that can trigger eczema attack. These include heat and the bathing soap that you use to bathe him.

It is important to note that eczema on itself is not an allergy but a reaction by the body to various trigger substances.

Perhaps in treating eczema in babies, it is important to use more than one approach to treat it as opposed to a single option.