What is eczema In Babies?

Red, itchy spots on the face and arms or legs of your baby? Big chance that your baby has eczema. Eczema cannot be cured, but it can be relieved.
eczema In Babies

What is eczema ?

About 5 to 10% percent of all babies suffer from eczema. Sometimes short-term (acute), sometimes years (chronic). Usually it appears when a child is one to four months on cheeks, arms and legs, but it can also be in other places. Characteristic is dry skin with red spots that are swollen and feel warm. Moisture bubbles may develop ('wet') or flakes and your child may want to scratch it. It is precisely that scratching that causes eczema to spread. Moreover, it will make your baby restless and will make your sleep worse.

Cause eczema in babies

The predisposition to eczema is hereditary (constitutional or atopic eczema ), but due to a variety of factors, eczema can worsen in babies. Because an eczema skin is dry, it is quickly irritated by external influences (clothing, detergents) or bacteria. A food allergy (almost always cow's milk in babies) or other allergies can also be a cause of eczema, just like stress.

What can you do about eczema?

You cannot cure allergy, but you can reduce the burden. If allergy is the main cause, try to avoid what causes the allergy as much as possible. For example, in the case of cow's milk allergy, breastfeed your baby for at least six months and then switch to hypoallergenic food. Also switch to hypoallergenic detergents and baby care products.
Keep your baby's nails short. If he still scratches open spots, give him socks or special mittens around his hands. If necessary, day and night. Open wounds are after all extra susceptible to infections that you want to avoid. It is important that you keep your baby's skin as oily as possible. Do not use perfumed cream or ointment, but a product that is as pure as possible such as vaseline or paraffin. Special creams are also available. It is wise to ask a doctor about the best care of your child's skin. In severe cases, it may be necessary to use a hormone ointment (temporarily).

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