Baby eczema is a skin condition developing in children commonly during the first five years of their lives. The disease develops commonly in one of five children on earth. But most often it is diagnosed during the first six months of life. The good news is that 78% of children outgrow baby eczema. This means that the disease does not perform any symptoms in adolescence and adult life. Up to 14% of children has baby eczema in adolescence. There is a very small chance (up to 8%) that the disease will last into adult life. Having baby eczema means that the kid’s skin barrier does not work properly and that a child is more prone to various infectious diseases and allergens as the triggers easily penetrate through skin barrier and cause an infection or another inflammatory disease.
Baby eczema can be mild and severe. Commonly the disease features undulating flow with mild periods with slightly and even normal skin to severe periods with deep skin damage.
Baby eczema is commonly a hereditary disease which tends to appear in girls with such diseases as hay fever and asthmas in family health profile through female lineage. Children with eczema are more likely to develop asthmatic diseases or allergies, but there is no direct interrelation among these diseases.
Baby eczema does not have a certain location. In infants the blisters commonly appear on cheeks and forehead. In some cases they cover the scalp. At the age of 6-12 months when a child tries crawling eczema migrates to palms and knees (the spots of close contact with floor and of the biggest mechanical damage). By the age of two eczema gets located on the creases of knees and elbows.
Babies commonly develop a more weepy and red eczema.
What treatment does baby eczema needs?
If you first notice eczema-like damages of the skin, you should not do anything before seeing a doctor and getting necessary tests done. The reason is that the first symptoms of eczema are the same as many other skin diseases perform. Some ointments and remedies can work as triggers for other skin diseases to progress. That is why, first, see a doctor. If a child has some mild eczema with small areas of skin damage and irritation, then the treatment may be reduced to lotions, creams and ointments. A course of steroid cream may be prescribed.
In case of very itchy and disturbing eczema states children may be prescribed oral antihistamines. These medications commonly cause dizziness, that is why these pills should be used at night. See a doctor and get a prescription for a proper medication and optimum dosage.
Severe cases of baby eczema should be treated only under strict medical control as stronger antihistamines may be needed to curb the case and relieve the symptoms.
Actually any type of eczema (mild or severe needs medical control and professional treatment management) as eczema may get worsened with bacterial or viral infections.
Apart from treatment baby eczema needs proper care. Be sure that the skin gets properly moisturized to avoid cracking and further damaging.