Eczema in baby allergies

Eczema in baby allergies

Have you ever had eczema in your life? Have you ever seen red, cracked and flaky skin on hands or arms of someone scratching it and wondering for help? It’s no joke. It’s ugly and disgusting to see, discomfy and hard to treat.

What is eczema?

Eczema, called atopic dermatitis, is a skin disease, usually hereditary, that used to appear as early as in childhood but these days it tends to become a lifestyle disease in children and adults. Eczema is not a rash on the skin but the itchy condition of the skin, which results in a rash. In infants, it usually appears on the face (cheeks), chest, arms and legs. In adults, it usually involves the skin in front of the elbows, behind the knees and on the hands.
Eczema may be an allergy symptom or non-allergic result of the skin irritation. Eczema caused by allergies appears when the skin comes in direct contact with the allergen, like pet’s dander, dust mites, pollen or mold. In the case of food allergy, obviously, the eczema appears when the allergen is consumed.

Eczema in baby allergies to food

These days, more and more babies suffer from skin allergies that may appear as soon as at the second month of their lives. In the most extreme cases the babies may have severe allergies to many foods at a time and the only food they may eat is rice: rice yogurt for breakfast, rice milk in the bottle and rice cake for snack, some vegetables mixed with turkey for lunch and rice pasta with corn and chicken for dinner.

Other causes of eczema

Stress-related eczema occurs when the person is permanently exposed to stress. Stress management and change of lifestyle is recommended, however hard to implement.
Housewife’s eczema is a result of excessive exposure of skin to chemicals, heat and sweating. When cleaning or doing the dishes, everybody having this type of skin problem should wear gloves and keep the skin dry and moisturised.

Skin treatment

In the case of eczema, the most important thing is not to scratch! But of course, it is so much impossible because the itch is very discomfy and hard to omit. So in reality the first step of skin treatment is to find the cause of eczema and eliminate it. The consultation with a doctor, especially dermatologist or allergist, should help to find the cause. Only then, the skin treatment can be started.
In every case, the skin should be always moisturized and hydrated. The doctor may prescribe a topical steroid cream or ointment, which should be used in the lowest strength possible and for the shortest time possible to avoid side effects. The most popular medication is hydrocortizone.
Additionally, the following steps should help calm down the eczema:

  • switch to detergent-free products and unscented beauty products
  • wear 100% pure cotton clothes
  • turn on AC and air purifier, and often clean filters
  • clean dust and vacuum more often
  • eventually, move to a less pollen allergic area

Although the eczema is not contagious, it is usually embarrassing, especially for women, who have tendency to take extra care to keep their hands beautiful and soft.

One Response to “Eczema in baby allergies”

  • Thanks for this article. I have a website for pregnant women and lately I have a client who is pregnant. I fear for the baby’s health so I am doing some research of how to assist my client the best I can. And this has been very useful. So yet again, I desire to thank you from the bottom of my heart! – morning sickness

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