If your baby has eczema, you’re not alone. In fact, this itchy skin condition is quite common in infants and toddlers. While the exact cause of eczema isn’t known, experts believe it may be due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. If someone in your family has asthma or allergies, your child is more likely to develop eczema.
Eczema most often appears as patches of dry, scaly skin that can be red or brownish-gray. The affected areas are usually very itchy—your baby may scratch so much that he or she causes the skin to bleed and become infected. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body but is commonly found on the face (especially around the cheeks), scalp, chest, elbows and behind the knees—and yes, even on Baby’s bottom!
Fortunately there are things you can do to help ease your little one’s discomfort:
- Use a mild, unscented baby soap and bath your child no more than once a day. Avoid harsh scrubbing, which can irritate already sensitive skin. Instead, gently cleanse the affected areas with your hand or a soft washcloth.
- Apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to reduce itching (but never put this on open sores). If the eczema doesn’t respond to treatment after two weeks, call your pediatrician—a prescription steroid cream may be necessary.
Eczema often improves as kids get older but unfortunately it isn’t something that goes away completely for many people. However by following these simple tips you can help ease your little one’s discomfort now and hopefully prevent flareups later in life!
Dyshidrotic eczema is a type of skin inflammation characterized by the development of blisters on the hands and feet. The exact cause of dyshidrotic eczema is unknown, but it is thought to be related to an underlying problem with the sweat glands. This condition can be quite painful and uncomfortable, as well as difficult to treat. There are a few things that you can do at home to help ease symptoms, but if your case is severe, you may need to see a doctor or dermatologist for treatment options.