How To Treat Eczema In Infants

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Eczema in infants can occur right after birth or later down the road. However, this condition often presents itself within the first two weeks. Sometimes, this condition can continue into childhood, and at times, even into adult life.

Due to the infant's sensitive skin, eczema can show up rather quickly, and without taking the right steps for treatment, it can rapidly get worse. By learning about the different causes, symptoms, and treatments, you can help your infant with this condition.

Causes

There are a few different causes of eczema in infants. When one of these issues occurs, it causes the skin to go into a survival mode, which basically means that the skin flares up and develops red, itchy bumps.

The three most common causes of this condition are:

  • Dry skin
  • An allergic reaction
  • An infection of the skin

Eczema in infants caused by dry skin is common during the winter months, and the allergens that most commonly cause eczema include pets, dust mites, cigarette smoke, perfumed products, and certain fabrics that are irritating to your child's skin. An infection that leads to eczema in infants may be due to viruses or bacteria growth, which can occur when the child is exposed to urine or feces for a prolonged period of time.

Symptoms

When eczema in infants occurs, the area will become very inflamed, dry, red, and itchy. An infant is unable to express the uncomfortable feeling that comes along with this condition, so they may express their symptoms by crying until a treatment is given to the child.

The area can also become blistered, and the rash may spread to other areas of the body with prolonged exposure or if the infection is not treated.

Treatments

Treatment for eczema in infants depends on the cause of the condition. Common treatment options include:

  • Antibiotics - For eczema that is caused by an infection, antibiotics are often prescribed to treat it.
  • Nystatin cream - If the condition is present in the genital area, Nystatin cream is often used.
  • Regular baths - The soaps and water should be free from chemicals.
  • Zinc oxide cream - A cream that contains zinc oxide can also be used when the eczema appear in the genital areas.
  • Avoidance - When the rash is found on other areas of the body, and occurs due to an allergen, exposure to the substance must first be stopped. After exposure has ceased, anti-inflammatory medications, along with a cream to stop the itching is often an effective form of treatment for the condition.

Practical Tips

Your infant's skin needs to be treated very delicately. Here is how to do that:

  • It's important that you use only soap that is made for their skin.
  • Change diapers every two hours.
  • Avoid any exposure to allergens within the home, such as cigarette smoke.
  • Keep your infants skin very moist during the cold winter months to prevent eczema from presenting itself in the first place.


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