Sunday, April 30, 2023

Baby rashes: Eczema, atopic dermatitis

The appearance of a rash in the first months:

Many of the rashes seen in the first month may persist into the second or third month of life. Also, eczema can occur anytime after one month of age.

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis:

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that can cause dry, scaly, and often red patches, usually on the face, the creases of the elbows, and the back of the knees. For babies, the elbows and knees are the most common locations. The patches can be anything from small and mild to extremely itchy, which can make the baby irritable. Ask your doctor to recommend a treatment that may vary depending on the severity of the condition and could include either prescription or over-the-counter lotions or creams (use over-the-counter products only if your doctor specifically recommends them, since it can recommend products that are more effective). Babies who only have occasional mild eczema (small patches) will likely feel that no treatment is necessary.

Treatment and prevention of eczema or atopic dermatitis:

To prevent this condition from recurring, be sure to use only the mildest soaps for bathing and washing your baby, and dress your baby in light clothing (not wool or heavy fabric). You shouldn't bathe him more than three times a week, as frequent baths can make his skin more dry. (If your doctor thinks certain foods are triggering your child's eczema, especially if he's already eating solid foods, he or she may recommend avoiding those foods.)