Baby's Got Eczema? Tips to Deal with it
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Baby's Got Eczema? Tips to Deal with it

Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin leading to redness/ rashes/ itching. It usually appears in the first 6 months to 3 years of life. Most common form is Atopic Dermatitis (AD). 

Don’t stress! It is a common conditions in children and very treatable, most of the times your child will outgrow it. It’s very easily confused with other conditions like sebuleni dermatitis or cradle cap etc. so visit a doctor to be sure. 

Causes:

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Poor skin barrier
  • Irritants
  • Allergens
  • Family history 

It is not contagious.

What to look for:

The sites affected depend upon the type of eczema and the age of your child.

  • First six months – face/cheeks/chin/forehead scalp
  • 6-12 months – places that are easy to get scratches or ribs i.e elbows/knees.
  • 2-6 years – increase of elbows/knees/writs/ankles/around mouth and eyelids
  • >5 years – folds of elbows and knees 

What to do? 

1.Be sure visit a doctor, know the type of eczema

2.Know the signs/symptoms/triggers

3. Avoid triggers:

  • Dry skin
  • Irritants
  • Heat and sweating
  • Allergens
  • Infection
  • Chemical products – dyes/perfumes
  • Pets/dusts

4. Care at home:

  • Lukewarm bath
  • Pat skin dry/ don’t rub
  • Prefer bathing to showers
  • Cleansers – mild/unscented soaps
  • Shampoos – gentle/baby friendly
  • Try to keep your baby from scratching his/her skin. Trimming the nails/keeping off the rough edges.

5. Medications:

  • Emolhents
  • Steroid ointment (mildest steroid possible)
  • And other as presented by the doctors

6. Avoid contact with normal unaffected skin

7. In case of injection/ discharge/pus bumps, visit a doctor

 

This article has been written by Dr. Krishan Yadav, HOD & Consultant – Neonatology, Paras Bliss Panchkula.

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