Eczema in babies is quite serious, it is manifested as red areas on the skin surface with small droplets containing liquid and are very itchy. Given the increased level of sensitivity of the skin of a baby, the discomfort of such allergic skin disorders is higher than in adults.
There are a number of eczema types, depending on the causes. All, however, have the same thing in common: they result in dry skin, itching and cracking, bleeding followed by scratching. Areas most commonly affected are the hands, face, elbows and knees.
Types of Eczema in Babies There are three main types of eczema, which may be acute or chronic:
• Allergic Eczema or dermal contact – occurs in repeated contact with an allergic substance (nickel, rubber, detergents, some medicinal substances, etc.). And the allergic reaction can spread to other areas unaffected.
• Atopic Eczema or atopic dermatitis – affects people touched by atopy, ie hereditary predisposed to allergies, very often the infant. Symptoms are triggered mainly by house dust, microscopic animals like mites, pollens or to other allergens present in some foods: milk, eggs, soy, etc..
• Eczema is caused by internal awareness of the presence of an infectious outbreak that triggers some kind of allergy with skin disorders.
It can happen that a skin disease (psoriasis) have lesions similar to those caused by eczema, and this complication is most often due to drug application allergizing. Eczema can be very painful for small children and babies so it is hard for them to resist the temptation to scratch, which leads to the infection.
Moisturise the skin
One of the best things to do in order to control the infection in babies is to keep the skin moisturised at all times. Use unperfumed moisturiser especially after a bath or just before bedtime. Additionally add some bath oil to a warm bath and let the baby soak in in for about 15 minutes
– this is a powerful combination that should keep the skin moisturised for 24 hours. Prevention and triggers Dust can trigger the occurrence of eczema. I recommend using a wet material when dusting to prevent lifting of dust in the room, removing rugs and carpets and washing clothes frequently at high temperatures.
Breast-feeding for a longer period of 4 months can help protect against eczema and other allergic diseases. Cotton clothes can help, while wool or synthetic materials worsen the situation. Overheating is a negative factor so use light and airy blankets and clothes to control temperature. Take care of the babies nails and cut them regularly to prevent skin irritation following scratching. At night you you should consider cotton gloves.
What Other Mums Say About Eczema In Babies
– Mums say that many ointments and medications prescribed by doctors have not been effective, but a special cream for eczema with aloe, camomile, marigold and vitamin E, they say is pretty good.
– About cortisone cream, Mums say it is very strong for the baby and the doctor recommended its use only if other eczema creams do not work.
– Camomile cream seems to be the only treatment that has worked in all cases calming the skin and itching.