It’s soft, cuddly, and downright
immaculate: baby skin can be a sight to behold. All of a sudden, it may
turn red, itchy, and irritated.
For all one knows, it’s not just simple rash. It may be eczema, an
inflammatory condition of the skin. Among babies, eczema appears as
conspicuously ruddy, irritated patches on the mouth, cheeks, and scalp,
although it may also be found on the chest, legs, arms, elbows, back,
feet, and knees. Baby eczema may worsen to become prominent bumps on
There could be any number of causes attributed to baby eczema.
Genetics, more often than not, plays a hefty factor. Eczema is more
likely to occur in babies of families with a history of the condition.
Eczema typically tips off an immune system compromised by allergy or
asthma. Or it may simply have to do with an overly sensitive baby skin.
Either way, eczema doesn’t develop in babies until a month or so.
It is not contagious, but it can be hard to identify which irritant
triggers the condition. Irritants may consist of certain food, such as
milk, fish, wheat, and eggs, or materials like animal dander, grass,
and dust. Treatment, then, involves identifying the irritant and
keeping them away from the baby.
If the doctor confirms a baby eczema, he or she may prescribe
topical medications, usually containing corticosteroids. Sometimes the
doctor may prescribe antihistamine pills. At most, the doctor may
recommend ultraviolet light therapy for severe cases.
As an upshot of sensitive skin, baby eczema is preventable.
Guardians should only use mild skin products, if at all, for their
wards. It also pays to apply emollient cream, moderately, on baby skin.
Guardians may also try limiting baby baths. Excessive water can
strip away the skin’s natural oil, making it susceptible to eczema and
rashes. Baby baths should be short and sweet, the bathwater not too
cold but not too hot. Soft towel must be used to dry baby skin.
Babies should wear soft cotton clothes. Wool may irritate baby skin.