Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is quite common during the first year of life. It is most commonly found on a baby’s forehead, cheeks, and scalp, but it may also spread to arms, legs, chest, or other parts of the body. Eczema isn’t contagious, but scratching it can cause problems. This is why it is very important to look out for potential triggers, and to care for baby’s skin.
Here are some tips for treating baby eczema:
– Give frequent, short baths in lukewarm water.
(Note: Some children with eczema cannot tolerate baths.)
– Use minimal (if any) cleansers.
– Pat skin dry instead of rubbing.
– Apply ointment, cream, or lotion after bathing.
– Use a humidifier in baby’s room.
– Dress baby in smooth, natural fabrics like cotton (allowing skin to breathe).
– Use mild, fragrance-free detergent and soaps.
– Beware of sudden temperature changes which may aggravate eczema.
– Put cotton mittens on baby’s hands so s/he won’t scratch.
– Keep fingernails short to avoid scratching.
– Consult your pediatrician.
Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “New Moms Tips” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms that may need a little refresher.
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