Eczema is a general term used to describe a group of skin conditions resulting in itchy, irritated, extremely dry, flaky, and inflamed skin. There are several types of eczema that affect babies. Atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema and seborrheic dermatitis. The most common eczema found in children are atopic and seborrheic dermatitis(also known as cradle cap, affecting the scalp). Atopic dermatitis, affecting 13% of children in the U.S, often appears around the first six months to 5 years of a child's life. This form of eczema is immune-mediated, meaning your baby’s immune system reacts to a trigger in your child's environment causing a severe inflammatory response. It is chronic and may last until adulthood. Some research suggests that genetics may play a role in your baby having atopic dermatitis. Children who come from families with eczema, asthma, or hay fever may develop atopic dermatitis or eczema.Though the causes are unknown, researchers have identified several triggers that could contribute to atopic dermatitis.
What are some of the common triggers?
- Dry skin
- Pet dander
- Heat and sweating
What are some of the not so common triggers?
- Certain fabrics
- Harsh chemicals
- Temperature variations
- Cold weather
What Do I Do If My Baby has Baby eczema or atopic dermatitis?
First goal is prevention. Knowing the triggers helps you prevent the severity of eczema. There are many ways to figure out your baby’s eczema triggers… you can try observation, trial and error, blood testing and allergy testing. Once you know the triggers, you want to be diligent about keeping your child away from those triggers.
Eating a healthy whole food diet is key and eliminating processed foods from your baby’s diet as well as yours if you are breastfeeding. Only clothing them in natural fabrics like, cotton, hemp and bamboo. Keep their skin clean and very moisturized! Moisturized skin will prevent dryness, itching and scratching. Be mindful of the cleansers you are using on their skin as well as detergents for their clothing.
Be aware of ingredients in your baby’s products, natural or non-natural and note if there are any possible irritants in them. Be consistent!, Consistency is key when it comes to soothing and relieving your baby’s eczema. Also, Be Patient, there are no overnight treatments and no cures, but there are safe and effective solutions that work to restore your baby’s skin to a smooth, supple state.
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