Baby Eczema Facts
When your child has a skin condition like baby eczema, of course you are going to be very concerned and upset by this. This is very common in infants. Many other parents are in your situation. From a personal aspect, it may help you to know that we ourselves have a daughter, Hannah, who developed this condition as a baby. It started with a small amount around the mouth, then it spread to the whole chin area, down the neck and across the chest. It was really red, raised and unpleasant to look at but thankfully only seemed to be mildly uncomfortable for her as far as I can remember.
We paid to see a dermatologist who basically advised us that there’s nothing much you can do about it. We were told to wash her in emolients – to keep the affected area moisturized, she will ‘probably’ grow out of it … and that was all we got for our $150 consultancy fee! Hannah is now 8 years old and it did reduce substantially by the time she had turned 3. It is a fact that she DID grow out of it, but it did take longer than expected.
We have quite recently found a natural method of treatment which apparently works extremely well to manage, minimize and eliminate the effects of eczema for any age of sufferer. This is called Eczema Free program and the author of this management program, Blake Helton has written a section specifically on childhood and infant eczema. Click here for more details of this program in which he promises real results and a money back guarantee period for your piece of mind.
Now, on with some more facts;
Eczema, also known as Dermatitis, is one of the common skin conditions found in about 10% of the adult population – whilst baby Eczema and infantile Eczema is more common still, affecting around 20% of babies and infants. There are several types of Eczema which can affect your baby or child, all of which have their own causes and treatment.
The main types of baby and infant Eczema are: Atopic, Seborrhoeic, Irritant and Allergic.
Also known as Atopic Dermatitis this is the most common type of Eczema found in both children and adults. It’s symptoms typically include a red, inflamed skin rash, dry skin and sore, sometimes cracked, itchy skin. Sometimes small, water filled blisters can appear on the hands and feet which can break and become infected.
More commonly known as ‘Cradle Cap’, Seborrhoeic Eczema is caused by the Malassezia Yeast which lives naturally on the human skin and is very common in babies under one year old. It is not known what triggers an attack but it starts as a greasy rash on the scalp which becomes itchy and flaky and can spread to other parts of the body.
Allergic Contact Eczema
This starts at the point of contact of the substance, often a detergent or washing powder, and can spread to other parts of the body. It is easy to confuse with other allergies, such as food allergies, so you may need the help of a doctor to be really sure.
Irritant Contact Eczema
Similar to Allergic Contact Eczema this again is a reaction to frequent contact with irritants such as detergents and cleaning products.
Although it is a relatively easy to find and remove the source of Allergic and Irritant Eczema you cannot completely cure Eczema. Also it is not a condition which can be caught from or passed on to others. Atopic Eczema is the most common type of Eczema found in the population and is thought to be an inherited condition, Atopy simply means the family tendency to develop a certain medical condition. Most commonly found in the areas of the skin which are subject creasing and or dampness, such as the backs of knees, armpits, the fronts of elbows as well as the chest, neck and face, it can be seen why Atopic Eczema is so commonly found on a baby’s body type.
Basic Baby Eczema Care
The good news when searching for baby Eczema treatment is that attacks very often lessen in both frequency and severity as the child ages. Eczema treatment is generally in the form of the application of emollient, which is basically a moisturizer in the form of a cream, wash or lotion. This is safe to use as frequently as required and will have a rehydrating, soothing effect on your childs skin.
If your childs Eczema is exceptionally severe Eczema treatments using steroids are available. Even in mild form these should be used strictly under medical supervision as they can have harmful side effects. In toddlers and older children diet and exercise can have very positive affects on Eczema symptoms, which appear to become more severe in overweight sufferers.
Complementary medicines such as mild herbal eczema creams can also be used on children although it is important to remember that herbal medicines have not undergone the same strict Government testing procedures as those prescribed by the medical profession and are not really recommended for use with the young, unless you really know what you are doing.
When considering how to treat your childs Eczema it is important to remember that many cases of baby Eczema substantially improve as the child ages, and that although there is no absolute cure at present, with the regular use of emollients and other creams, along with some dietary and other natural lifestyle changes, the vast majority of people can very effectively manage the effects of baby Eczema until it naturally subsides. Read about this management plan here.
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