Generally, eczema occurs in the first 6 months to 5 years of a child’s life. There are 10% of newborn babies in the USA suffering from some type of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema developing in your children, and is a chronic condition correlating with the immune system. Knowing which type of eczema your child has is extremely important to find the right treatment. However, a physician can confirm if your child has eczema or other skin condition. So, you must take the lesions on your baby skin seriously and see a pediatrician.
How Your Child Develops Eczema?
The causes of eczema in child are unknown. It is believed that a child gets eczema due to the genetic makeup and environmental factors. When the external factors affect the immune system, cells overly activate, which in turn skin to develop rashes, redness and intense itching.
Having a family history of AD, asthma, or hay fever means that a child is at the greater risk of developing eczema. However, eczema is not infectious and your baby can’t get it from another patient or give it to someone else.
The symptoms and location of eczema in infants are different from the adults. For example, eczema develops on the face, chin, forehead and scalp in 6 months old infant while it occurs on the elbow and knees of five years old child. Remember, every child is affected differently by eczema. This is why you should know the signs and triggers so that you keep it under control.
What Make Child Eczema Worse?
- Dry skin, irritants, heat and sweating, allergies and infection trigger eczema.
- Eczema goes worse winter when the air is dry
- Saliva from mouth
- Allergens from pets and dust mites
- Being sensitive to chemicals, body lotions and cigarette smoke
So, you must keep your children’s skin healthy and moisturized to prevent the occurrence of eczema’s symptoms.
How to Control Your Child’s Eczema?
Moisturizers: Use the moisturizer which has the large amount of water and oil. You can apply any moisturizer which may be ointment, creams and lotion on your baby’s skin twice a day.
Steroid Ointments: Steroid Ointment is best for children having moderate to severe atopic dermatitis.
(Note: Don’t use moisturizer near eyelid and skin fold. Use no more than twice times a day)
Bathing and Bleach Baths: Bathing routine is important to treat your child’s dry skin. It will keep the skin moisturized. Make sure to apply moisturizer within 3-4 minutes to lock the moisture after bathing your baby.
See your physician immediately if your home treatments are not enough to resolve child’s eczema.