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Eczema In Babies

Babies have sensitive skin - fact! It can sometimes be confusing figuring out how to care for baby's skin. Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is very common in babies. It usually shows up as dry and patchy skin on the legs, hands, chest, scalp, chin, face, around elbows, knees or ankles. It can appear in other areas as well. It is ,however, unlikely to appear in the diaper area due to the presence of moisture. 

Causes of Eczema in Babies

Usually eczema occurs when the baby comes into contact with

  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Shampoos, etc.

Pay attention to what you use on the baby. Certain foods can also trigger eczema. They include

  • Eggs
  • Peanuts / Groundnuts
  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soya
  • Fish

Treatment Options

Bath time routine

If your baby develops eczema, don't be alarmed. His/her bath times will play a crucial role during treatment. Here are a few things you can do during bath time.

  • Use mild soap and warm water to bath baby twice a day
  • Bath time should not exceed 15 minutes
  • Be sure to rinse off soap from baby completely
  • Pat your baby dry
  • Moisturize the skin of your baby immediately after with a fragrance-free cream or lotion such as Shea Butter or Vaseline
  • Moisturize skin at least twice daily

Choice of Food

Pay particular attention to the type of food baby consumes. If there are any flareups after consuming a particular kind of food, you might want to change his/her diet. Avoid that particular food for about 4-8 weeks and re-introduce the food. If there are any more flare ups, avoid the food completely.

Eczema in babies in normal. It usually re-occurs as baby grows. How you respond to it plays a crucial role during treatment. If you have any major concerns, be sure to visit your Dermatologist or Paediatrician. For further consultation on skin care, please do not hesitate to contact Kaydua Luxury on +233 596 050 073 or @kaydualuxury via Facebook and Instagram.

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