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Dealing with Eczema in Babies

Dealing with Eczema in Babies

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Eczema is a common condition in babies, which makes skin dry, red and itchy. Small bumps might appear on your baby’s cheeks, scalp and forehead. The rash may spread to the arms and legs. You might also observe circular, itchy and scaly rashes in the bends of your baby’s elbows or on the back of wrist, ankles and behind the knees.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

In babies, eczema often starts between 2 and 4 months of age.

If your child has got eczema, wearing soft cotton clothes and applying a wet and cool washcloth on the irritated areas can be helpful.

Remedies that might Soothe your Baby’s Eczema or Prevent Eczema

  • Keep your child’s fingernails short. It minimises the risk of any skin damage caused by scratching.
  • Avoid hot environment, as heat can make eczema worse.
  • To prevent dryness, you can apply moisturising ointments, lotions or creams to your baby’s skin several times a day.
  • Avoid giving frequent hot baths with scented soaps.
  • Use warm water with mild soaps or non-soap cleansers while bathing your baby and avoid toweling, instead gently pat skin dry.
  • The faeces of the house dust mite can make eczema worse by causing an allergic reaction. Dust mites usually collect on soft toys. 
    Make a habit of washing them each week at 60?C. After washing, put them in a plastic bag in the freezer for about 24 hours to kill the mites.
  • Eliminate known allergens, such as foods, dust and consult your doctor for any dietary changes.

When to visit your Doctor

You need to visit your doctor if you observe any of the following early signs of skin infection:

  • Increased fever followed by redness and warmth on or around the affected areas
  • Pus-filled bumps on or around affected areas
  • Cold sores or fever blisters on the skin

Do not worry. Taking preventative measures and following doctor’s advice will help keep eczema under control.

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