Even the softest and the most sensitive skin of your baby can also have eczema (atopic dermatitis) due to his exposure to allergens or simply just because of his DNA make up. Babies from families that have history of allergies and asthma are more likely to develop eczema. But fret not, mommies, eczema is a chronic skin condition common in childhood and it is not contagious. It can begin with babies 2 to 3 months old until they outgrow if b the age 18-24 months.
Babies affected with eczema have dry, pink rash, and sometimes even tiny red bumps on their forehead, scalp, cheeks, arms, legs, chest and other parts of the body. Just as so you want to soothe your baby’s rashes right away, do not put creams or ointments without consulting a paediatrician first. Remember that your baby’s skin is not the same as yours, and that applying creams to soothe the itch might just make the matter worse.
Once your baby experiences eczema, the first thing you need to do is to bring her to a pediatrician who will have to run a series of tests first to rule out underlying medical problems as the cause of your baby’s skin problem. She then may prescribe the right cream/lotion and other medications to put your baby’s eczema under control. The pediatrician may also want you to turn your attention to the things your baby meets such as her food, clothes, bath soap, and the detergent bar used in washing her clothes as these can all cause eczema outbreaks.
Food – According to breastfeeding counselor Pam Yap, cow’s milk has components that may cause skin (as well as respiratory diseases) to your baby, so it is always better to breastfeed your child instead. But then again, keep in mind that once breastfeeding, your diet and lifestyle may affect your milk and may eventually cause allergies or eczema outbreaks to your baby. Milk, peanuts and red dye are found to be common allergens so do try to avoid them.
Bath routine – Ask your pediatrician about how often you have to bathe your baby. Many experts now believe that daily bathing can be helpful for babies with eczema although there are studies that say frequent soaking in water takes moisture out of the skin, thus, making it dry.
Pets – Your baby may be having a good, fun time with your loyal canine friend but the dog’s hair and dander often cause allergic reactions, including eczema. Make sure the family pet stays out of the baby’s room at all times.
PSST.ph shares more skin care tips for your baby:
When bathing, don’t let your baby sit in soapy water. Use mild, fragrance-free soap/shampoo recommended by your child’s pediatrician.
As soon as you finish giving her a bath, pat her skin dry, don’t rub.
Apply the doctor’s prescribed ointment, cream or lotion.
When dressing up your baby, avoid using wool and other scratchy materials. Make sure your child wears comfortable clothes made of smooth, natural fabric like cotton.
Use mild, fragrance-free detergent for washing clothes and bedding.
Keep your baby’s nails short so he can avoid scratching.
Do not let your baby get too cool and then too hot quickly as rapid changes in temperature can aggravate eczema.
Use the softest sheets for her crib.
If there’s a flare-up, apply cool compress to the area several times a day before applying a hypoallergenic moisturizer.