Eczema is a disorder of the skin that is seen to occur in a huge number of infants. In fact eczema which is known to be in the family is usually acquired when children are less than four years of age. Most commonly babies acquire it when they are about one month to six months old. Though the real causes of it are not fully known to us there are certain valuable knowledge that help us to know when a baby is suffering from eczema and what can be done to keep it under control.
Whatever solutions or medications are available, are only to keep the condition under control or temporarily remove the discomforts since eczema cannot be permanently done away with. This skin disorder is known to appear and reappear time and again once a person has acquired it or suffered its consequences once. However it may lighten the worries of parents to know that as the child grows older eczema incidents tend to lessen both in number and intensity.
Baby eczema pictures
I have listed bellow some of the most conclusive baby eczema photos I could find online, from free GPL sources:
Symptoms of eczema in babies
If eczema has developed in a baby it is seen that the baby will start scratching or rubbing his or her hands frantically on the regions where it has begun itching. If the baby starts itching but you see no sign of any rash this maybe eczema. This is because in eczema the itch starts before the appearance of the rash. The rash later develops as a result mostly of the itching and is reddish in color. Eczema being primarily caused due to dryness the rash is very dry and flaky in nature. In fact it is this inherent dryness of the skin that is the prime characteristic of eczema that results in an itch. Also the rash first develops on the cheeks and forehead and later can spread to all over the body.
Treating of eczema in babies
Eczema in babies can be very trying for the parents. After repeated failures in dealing with it, it results in utter frustration. It is absolutely essential to show your baby to the paediatric specialist.
The doctor will normally prescribe some cremes or ointments or special bathing soaps and shampoos that can be got across the counter from any medicine outlet. These are majorly to ease the urge to scratch. If this is achieved and the child prohibits from scratching it is often seen that the rash tends to disappear.
Doctors, usually advice that, the baby should be bathed regularly, with slightly warm water. Too hot or too cold temperatures are to be avoided. Also sudden changes of temperature from too hot to too cold and vice versa tend to increase the symptoms. It is advisable to avoid the use of soap or use extremely mild shampoos and soaps. Also after bathing the baby he or she must be dried by patting with a soft towel. No harsh cloth is to be used on the body of the infant. It is better if clothes made of wool are avoided.
The baby is more comfortable when clothed with loose fitting clothes to avoid rubbing of it against his or her body. After the bath and at least two more times during the day moisturizing creme or lotion similar to the composition of a petroleum jelly must be applied. Also ointments must be applied to regions where infection might have developed due to scratching and these may be light steroids prescribed by you doctor.
Also if and when the unsuitability of any food in the baby’s diet is noticed it is to be immediately stopped as allergens in the diet will increase the severity of eczema. Food items like cow’s milk egg and wheat are better when avoided for kids suffering from eczema. The intake of food with citrus and other acids is better when limited or completely avoided. Thus the juice of certain fruits like oranges and sweet lime should not be a part of the baby’s diet.
Most of all when your baby acquires eczema it is very essential that you be patient and follow a treatment consistently with love. If you treat this as a real botheration or deal with the frustrations by unusual behavior to the baby it is only likely to worsen if the child comes under stress (check the eczema images and pictures above).