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Eczema on Infant's Face

Eczema on Infant's Face

Eczema on Babies

Babies as young as a few months old can develop eczema, particularly in the skin folds of the arms, neck or legs. Also affected can be the baby’s forehead, cheeks and scalp before spreading to other parts of the body.

Eczema on babies has the appearance of dry, thickened and scaly skin or can be made up of tiny red bumps that can blister and ooze. It is vital to prevent babies from scratching their eczema outbreaks because infection can easily set in.

Sadly, baby eczema affects at least 1 in 5 children, often heralding the onset of asthma as the baby becomes older. As children grow older, eczema can spread to the body and limbs, with the creases in backs, wrists, ankle and neck, and the front of the elbows being particularly affected. Fortunately, by the age of 3 years, the number of children with baby eczema is halved and approximately 70% of all children no longer suffer from eczema by the time they reach their teens.

Babies and young children can develop eczema for the following reasons:

  • Eczema can be inherited from a parent or close family member who suffers from hay fever, eczema or asthma as all 3 conditions are linked.
  • Although it is not an allergic reaction to a substance, baby eczema can be triggered by certain allergens in his or her diet or the mother's diet if the baby is breast fed.
  • In many cases the condition may be due to an allergy to certain food groups such as citrus, soybeans, fish, nuts, wheat, eggs, peanuts or milk protein while dust mites, feather pollens and other allergens may be a contributing factor.
  • Baby eczema can also be aggravated by heat as well as changes in temperature.
  • Some babies are susceptible to irritants that come into contact with their skin. For example, these can be chemicals in soaps, lotions and laundry detergents.

Over-the-counter and prescription medications are unsuitable for young children.

Instead use these different remedies:
  • Dry skin adds to the risk so moisturizing is an important part of treatment with daily bathing in lukewarm water, using natural mild soap and shampoo to wash before patting almost dry with a soft towel. While still damp, apply plenty of natural moisturizer to retain the moisture already in the skin.
  • Another way of adding moisture is with a soothing bath of warm chamomile and oatmeal. Add 4 tablespoons chamomile flowers and half a cup of oatmeal to a “knee-high” or cut off stocking, and tie the open end with a rubber band before placing under the faucet as the bath is filled. While the child plays in the bath, the chamomile and oats concoction will help to ease any itching.
  • A baby's skin breathes more easily when cool natural fabrics (such as cotton, bamboo or hemp) are used for both clothing and bed linen while avoiding wool as this can be scratchy and irritating to the skin.
  • Natural fragrance-free detergents should be for washing children's clothes and bed linen. Fabric softeners should not be used.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.A baby or child with eczema should have their fingernails cut short and wear mittens especially at night so that the eczema rash cannot be scratched. Cool compresses (using water or milk) to the area for a few minutes at a time will soothe and discourage scratching too. Scratching can make any eczema worse and cause further inflammation.
  • Any deficiency in vitamin D should be avoided. In fact studies have confirmed that the lower the vitamin D level, the worse the eczema. The Vitamin D Council recommends giving young children with eczema a daily supplement of D3 at a dosage of 1,000 IU for every 25 pounds of body weight until optimum levels are reached.
  • Essential oils are a very natural way to moisturize and treat a young skin, using a formula that is safe, gentle and successful to use for children.

Eczema on baby's skin is very common as the ph of the infant's skin is not balanced and therefore very sensitive to weather, dirt, environment and saliva. Baby face or cheek eczema, as shown in this picture, can become severe and can be treated.

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