We often associate skin conditions with teenagers, especially when their hormones are awry, but eczema is a skin conditions found in babies, teenagers, adults, and even in mature adults. Eczema manifests as patches of skin that are red, dry, and itchy, and can be caused by a number of factors like irritants, dust mites, and allergens to certain foods.
Treating eczema is easier in adults than it is in babies because of how sensitive babies’ skin is. Adults may be able to apply topical creams and cortisone, to take antibiotics for their condition, and try various medicines. Babies, on the other hand, need a variety of less invasive treatment options. Medical aids in South Africa will be able to cover pediatric appointments to properly diagnose your baby’s eczema, but it’s important to try a range of treatment options to see which works the best for your baby.
1. Avoid the obvious skin irritants
There are many skin irritants that could be causing your baby’s eczema – from fabric softener to soaps, bubble bath, lotions, and detergents. Try out hypoallergenic products to see if this has any effect on reducing your baby’s eczema.
2. Try different diet combinations
Eczema may also have a dietary origin. It may take a long process of elimination, but give your child different foods to see whether there’s any correlation with their eczema flare-ups. The foods that may be causing the eczema should subsequently be avoided.
3. Use a good eczema cream
Skin affected by eczema needs to be moisturised and soothed with a topical cream, but make sure that these lotions are fragrance-free, and also free of other irritants.
4. Don’t let your baby get too warm
Sometimes skin that is too hot can break out in eczema, so it’s important to keep your baby cool by dressing him with light, breathable fabrics. Avoid heavy fabrics that may also be scratchy, as this can only exacerbate the irritated skin.
Speak to your pediatrician about prescribing a baby-friendly medication if your little one is really struggling with this skin condition.
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