Natraderm and Eczema

Does my baby have eczema? Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 October 2008

It can be very worrying to discover that your baby has developed a skin rash and parents will usually ask the following questions:

What kind of rash is it?
Do all babies get a rash like this?
What is causing it?
Will it go away without treatment?
Should I see the doctor?
Is it a form of eczema or dermatitis?
Is my baby allergic to something?

There are many types of rashes, but thankfully most of them are treatable and some will go away as the child gets older (60 -70%). Skin problems in babies and young children can be difficult to diagnose because infants have such a short medical history, so you might want to find out if anyone else in the family suffers from skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis.

It is important to see your doctor if you notice anything unusual about your baby’s skin, as rashes and irritations can be associated with bacterial or viral infections.

Not all babies get skin rashes or eczema, but it is very common for infants to develop some form of skin irritation or rash during childhood. The causes are multiple and include, allergies, contact with irritant substances, exposure to sun or heat, abrasive substances or clothing.

It is very difficult to know if your baby is suffering from an allergy. Unfortunately, people can be allergic to almost any substance. Before concluding that the problem is allergy related, see your doctor and try to eliminate other more common factors including stress.

The first step to managing skin problems or eczema, would be to try to identify and reduce any irritant substances that your baby comes into contact with and a good place to start is by cutting out contact with any products that contain fragrance, as perfumes are a very common cause of irritation. Secondly, try to reduce the use of soaps, shampoos and creams if possible, as they often contain chemicals that might irritate the skin. Thirdly, try to find out what is happening when the rash occurs. Have you tried a new food, washing powder, type of clothing or bedding?  This detective work will need to be done even if your child is diagnosed with a form of eczema, cradle cap, dermatitis or psoriasis.

If you suffer from eczema or dermatitis yourself, do not use your own treatment on your baby. Babies have very sensitive skin and your eczema treatment may be too strong for your baby. We would suggest that you do not use hydrocortisone or steroid creams, unless this is strongly recommended by your doctor. There is no easy solution to eczema, but in most cases it can be managed very well by controlling environmental factors, eliminating irritant substances and using gentle emollient creams or lotions. More information on dermatitis and baby eczema can be found on our home page.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 January 2009 )
 

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