Dry skin with patches of rough and red on your baby can mean multiple things, including baby eczema. And if your baby has this skin condition, try not to panic. There’s a fair number of babies and adults that have eczema, and it should bring you great relief to know that baby eczema is manageable. Before we get to suggestions on how to treat and manage it, here are the basics and what you need to know on eczema.
Symptoms of Baby Eczema
The non-contagious baby eczema may appear early in the first year of your baby. Its telling signs are rashes that appear dry, scaly or with tiny red bumps. Although known to be a skin condition that comes and goes, choosing to ignore it is difficult because it can become intensely itchy. Not to mention unsightly, as it may be infected and its tiny bumps may ooze, darken or thicken if nothing is done about it.
Eczema may appear anywhere on the skin, but is commonly found on bends and creases such as the bends of the arms and the backs of the knees.
If you suspect that your child has baby eczema, it’s best to have your pedia or derma run tests to confirm.
Causes of Baby Eczema
How does your baby contract eczema?
First off, there are many types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis, the most common type, has been found to be hereditary. So, if a close family has eczema, asthma or allergies, there is a high chance that your baby will have eczema.
Wait, allergies? While eczema is not exactly an allergic reaction, certain allergens from the environment (pollen, for one) have been found to trigger eczema.
Too much heat, changes in temperature and dry skin are seen as causes of eczema, as well.
Managing Baby Eczema
The key to preventing flare ups and managing eczema is avoiding skin irritants or triggers and thorough skin care. Consider the following tips:
- Give your baby daily lukewarm baths. Make sure that the water’s not too hot!
- Fragrances and other chemicals in some soaps may irritate the skin. Best to use TriSoPure Baby Wash, a bathing solution that’s been proven to be safe for everyday use.
- Apply moisturizer on your baby’s damp skin after every bath.
- Avoid putting too many layers of clothing and have your baby wear natural fabrics like cotton.
- Scratching and rubbing can only worsen eczema. Keep your child’s nails short and put on cotton mittens when putting him or her to bed.
Read up on more gentle and safe ways of caring for your little bundle of light with baby care reads and tips from TriSoPure.