Video:Understanding Baby Eczemawith Kathy Moore
Rashes are common occurrences for babies, but seeing them break out can be scary for new parents. Learn what you need to know about baby eczema and find out how to cope with it once it appears.See Transcript
Transcript:Understanding Baby EczemaHi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com. Babies have silky soft skin that the rest of us long for but their skin is sensitive too. This program will help you understand baby eczema and how to treat it.
What is Baby Eczema?After diaper rash, eczema is the most common skin problem for infants. Between 20 and 30 percent of all infants are affected by this itchy red rash that usually appears on the face head and neck.
Causes of Baby EczemaOnly one out of ten cases of eczema can be traced to food allergies but other causes may include irritating clothing, laundry detergents, soaps, or even dust and pet dander.
Avoid Irritants Causing Baby EczemaIt takes some work but you can try to isolate the cause of your baby's irritation by avoiding irritants like grass, weeds and dust and changing the soaps, fabric softeners and detergents you are using.
In addition to avoiding items you may think are irritating your baby's skin, there are a few more steps you can take to treat and reduce the likelihood of future eczema outbreaks.
Bath Time and Baby EczemaWhen bathing your baby keep bath time short and use only lukewarm water. Use only a small amount of mild soap formulated for babies with sensitive skin. When drying your baby off, pat her dry instead of rubbing already irritated skin. Then apply moisturizer immediately and reapply the moisturizer one or two more times throughout the day.
Temperature and Baby EczemaOverheating can also irritate a baby's skin so keep an eye on your child's temperature and remove extra layers that may cause overheating. Also since babies grow so fast, watch out for outfits that your baby has outgrown which may bind or restrict her movement.
While baby eczema can come and go, except in extreme cases, most kids outgrow it completely by age three. Thanks for watching. To learn more visit us on the Web at About.com.
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