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Baby Eczema or Dermatitis


Eczema, or sometimes called Dermatitis, is a skin condition resulting in dry and itchy skin. The skin typically displays redness or cracking because of the dryness and itchiness. If scratched too much, soreness and bleeding may develop. The areas commonly affected by eczema are the hands and face.

Causes of eczema?

There are many causes of eczema. It can be caused by skin irritation, often times due to the chemicals found in cleaning powders or fabric softeners. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to a specific substance. Once this occurs, it can spread to other parts of the body.

Changes in humidity and temperature can also bring on eczema. Psychological stress is also thought to act as a trigger to eczema.

Is a food allergy a cause of eczema?

Another possible cause of eczema is food allergy. Babies react differently to different foods so it can be somewhat difficult to determine if a particular food is causing a problem. It is helpful to consult a health expert before changing a baby’s diet.

Itchiness by scratching with eczema?

Eczema can be a very difficult sickness to handle because babies naturally react to the itchiness by scratching. When this happens, bleeding or infections are likely to occur. In most cases, it is important to identify the cause of the eczema itself. Changing cleaning powders or fabric softeners should be implemented if found to cause the eczema.

Can creams or lotions help?

The dryness of the skin can be alleviated by using creams or lotions. Consult with a doctor to find one suitable for your child. Some doctors suggest using steroid creams, but these must be regulated carefully to avoid other side effects. It is expected to use large quantities of the cream or lotion to ensure that the skin is properly moisturized.

Baby’s temperature

Be sure to regulate the baby’s temperature by dressing them in light clothing. Overheating can sometimes cause the affliction to worsen. Another useful tip is to clip the nails short to avoid too much damage from the scratching should it occur.

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