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How to Treat Baby Eczema


Baby eczema is a very common skin condition that affects between 5-20% of children worldwide. The condition appears in flare-ups, and can come and go or could even get better or worse over time. Some babies may only have mild eczema, while others may be severely affected by the condition. It can be extremely tough to watch your little one deal with the condition, so if you think your baby has eczema, this article will go through the signs your son or daughter may show and what steps you can take to treat the condition.


The common symptoms of eczema is dry, itchy and inflamed skin. For babies, these symptoms will tend to mostly affect your son or daughter’s face, usually on the cheeks, forehead and scalp. Eczema can also appear on your baby in other areas, but usually in smaller patches. Once your baby gets older and starts to crawl, you may begin to see these drier patches appear on the body creases, which include the knees, elbows, wrists and ankles. These symptoms can change, and can be affected by common home irritants like soaps, baby wipes and washing powders.

How to spot it

You can spot baby eczema by checking your son or daughter’s skin for the symptoms mentioned above. You should look out for patches of reddened skin, which appear dry or cracked. If your baby as had an unusual nappy rash, this could be a result of eczema. Once you identify these patches, watch your baby to see if he or she is irritated by the affected areas. Your baby could begin to itch the inflamed areas, or even find it hard to have a peaceful night’s sleep.

First steps to clearing your child’s eczema

When you notice your baby’s eczema, you can begin to take the first steps for treating it. You could try using different cleaning substitutes, as your baby’s flare ups could be affected by home irritants, such as soaps and washing powders. Changing your washing detergent to non-biological or using fragrance-free soaps and shampoos, may help to improve your baby’s eczema. You could also try dusting your home on a regular basis, as dust mites can aggravate your baby’s skin.

How to treat it  

To treat your baby’s eczema, you should moisturise your baby’s skin two to three times a day, in a gentle downwards motion that goes in the direction of hair growth. This will help to prevent flare ups. You can also try using steroid or nappy rash cream on the infected areas, which should calm the inflamed skin and help improve it. If your baby’s eczema is not recovering, you should seek medical advice from your dermatologist.

So there are the common symptoms and different ways you can treat your baby’s eczema, but if you have any worries or queries please contact your GP. 

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