How to Treat Baby Eczema

Approximately one out of every ten infants during their first months of life develop patches of irritated skin known as baby eczema. Parents who notice patches of skin that have some degree of redness, as well as are dry and rough to the touch and make baby feel itchy should take some simple yet effective steps to treat this common medical condition in infants.



This type of skin irritation most often develops in a baby’s arm and leg joints as well as on their cheeks. Although there is no one definitive reason as to why eczema develops on infants, it is thought to be a reaction of the child’s immune system to any variety of factors, including stress, sweat, heat, and the use of soaps, detergents and certain ingredients in lotions and creams used in baby’s daily routine. A child whose mother or father is susceptible to eczema is also likely to develop it.

It’s first of all very helpful to take steps to prevent baby’s skin from becoming dry by using a quality moisturizing agent and maintaining proper humidity levels in the home’s environment. Use soaps and cleansers that are hypo-allergenic. For washing baby’s clothing, avoid detergents using perfumes and opt for washing baby’s outfits in mild, unscented detergents. Choose clothing that is smooth and soft like cotton rather than scratchy fabrics like wool or fabrics that don’t breathe such as polyester, provide fresh clothing daily and choose clothes that fit loosely over irritated skin. Discuss dietary choices with your pediatrician if the eczema does not clear up on its own as certain food choices tend to irritate and prolong episodes of eczema.

There are several effective treatments for baby eczema. Bathing your infant in lukewarm water can help to alleviate itching, followed by the application of a fragrance-free moisturizer to help with dry skin. Keep baths short, limited to no more than 10 minutes. Adding oatmeal to the bath water often eases baby’s itchy feeling. There are safe over the counter creams and lotions containing steroids available at your local pharmacy that can be applied topically as directed onto the eczema for faster healing. Any topical creams should be applied while the skin is still moist.

If your baby’s eczema doesn’t respond to home treatment methods, or blisters develop under the skin, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor to discuss obtaining stronger prescription medication or antibiotics to fight off any infection.

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