My Child Has Infant Eczema, Now What?
Very little if any information is given to new mothers or parents of a newly born baby that would address the symptoms, treatments, triggers, or even the basics of Infant Eczema even though it is very common. One of the best things any parent can do is get knowledge of the unwanted skin conditions, in order to help the child, and also yourself, cope with the affects and challenges this will present.
Why Does My Little One Have Infant Eczema?
First of all the babies that are effected have hypersensitive skin, and their immune system is likely over-reacting to an irritant such as possibly their environment, diet, climate, etc. Some examples of these are:
- Environmental- is pollens, molds, dander, dust, chemicals such as perfumes, laundry detergents, hair and body cleansers, lotions, fabrics, etc.
- Diet- is food sensitivities, such as breast milk, formula, certain grain type foods, etc.
- Climate- is heat, and cold, indoors or out, heaters in the winter dry out skin bad, etc.
It’s important to understand that no one caused this condition to happen to your child and really your infant in most cases will be fine, there are things that parents can do to lessen the discomfort this can cause. Education is a key component to this ordeal, this website can help with that, along with other resources as well. By taking notice early on, the symptoms and early signs of infant eczema can, and will, make a difference with respect to care and proper treatments for your child.
How Did My Baby Get Eczema?
Researchers are not conclusive of why babies or anyone else for that matter has the predisposition to have or acquire eczema. The most likely cause for the skin condition is genetic in nature and ultimately may be passed down through family genetics. In other words if your child has eczema then it’s likely to be in part because it comes from the mother or fathers family genes and then something environmental or dietary perhaps triggered a flare-up. If one of the parents suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or the like it increases the chances that your little one can suffer with the eczema skin condition. Also if either of the parents had eczema as a child it is likely your infant will have this condition.
How Can I Get Rid Of My Infant’s Eczema?
As of now there is no cure for eczema, “Sorry”, but there is a lot that can be done to lessen and relieve the current bout of this skin condition. With this in mind, it seems that everywhere you look or investigate, someone has a healing lotion, cream, ointment, etc. But, if it was that easy to fix the problem than so many parents and children would be really happy, and not so concerned about this red rash, the itchy skin, that itches like a dickens and causes pain and discomfort to so many children and infants. Fortunately, most children grow out of eczema by the age of 5 which is a good thing and the one’s that don’t will probably have breakout’s here and there, throughout life. A couple of things that you can do to help fight the eczema bouts is to find the triggers that may be causing a flare-up and avoid them or remove them all together, with infants it may be the fabrics that contacted the skin, something in the air, lotions, skincare products, etc. Another thing about all the eczema potions, whether store bought or not, some are very good, and some not. Everyone’s skin can, and will react differently to the various ingredients found in the eczema creams, lotions, ointments that one uses. Infants and children are no different, therefore one’s product may heal one babies eczema, and might not on another.
Is My Baby All Alone, Or Is It Common?
Infant Eczema is common and on the rise. Anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of all infants have eczema and most of them acquire it before age 5. The good news is a big portion of these cases will actually improve drastically as they age past 5 years of age.
How Concerned Should I Be About Infantile Eczema?
Infant eczema can be very difficult for both you and your child. The most difficult of course is the fact that you can’t cure the skin condition; you simply have to help your infant or child cope, while providing the best care and relief you can to lessen the rashes and skin conditions.
There is a lot of concern nowadays with long term usage of steroid creams and there side effects of over usage. Another concern is the complications of vaccines and if they interfere with eczema in little ones. Researchers are still figuring out the details of such. You should always be aware of the risks associated with infection if the eczema skin problems get to bad. Very important to refrain from scratching as much as possible, and watch the scratchy fabrics.
Above all seek the help of a qualified pediatrician or doctor if needed, or if you just want to be sure! Hey, there’s nothing like peace of mind! This, in conjunction with the knowledge and practice of dealing with this, should enable you to successfully guide your infant through it’s case of infant eczema.