In this article, we will tell you about “Causes of eczema in babies and how to treat it”.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is one of the most common allergies in babies. It is known as “Atopic Dermatitis” in the health literature. This means dry, sensitive, inflamed and itchy skin. It has been found to affect approximately 25%-30% of infants. Since the skin of a baby infected with eczema cannot retain moisture, their skin dries easily, which causes skin irritation. But that’s not all. Chemicals that cause itching are secreted on the irritated skin. This situation also goes into a cycle and the itchy skin becomes irritated and the irritated skin itches. This situation is extremely disturbing whether it is a baby or an adult. Especially since the skin of babies is more sensitive than adults, their skin is more prone to irritation.
What Causes Eczema?
There are many reasons why babies have eczema. One of these is genetic factors. However, this is not the only reason. Among the factors that can cause eczema; the food consumed, the soap and shampoos used, animal hair, the texture of the clothes used, inadequate cleaning or even extreme meticulousness. One or more of these situations can trigger eczema in babies.
How Is Eczema Diagnosed?
Experienced parents can tell if their baby has eczema. However, the correct diagnosis of eczema is made by a doctor. It will be more beneficial for a specialist in the field to examine your baby and diagnose eczema and determine the right treatment method.
In Which Areas of the Body Does Eczema Occur?
The most common areas of eczema are usually hands. However, it can also be seen in many areas such as the face, scalp, hips, knees, elbows, cheeks, legs and back of the knees.
How to Deal with Eczema
Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for eczema. However, there are many different methods of dealing with eczema. However, no matter how experienced a parent you are, we recommend that you seek treatment from a specialist doctor. As for the treatment methods with eczema; You can reduce irritation by applying moisturizer to your baby’s skin at regular intervals. In addition, if your baby has attack periods in certain periods, you should use other ointments and creams that your doctor will prescribe during these periods. Finally, you can apply a cold compress to the eczema area. This will relieve the itching somewhat. However, you should be very careful and balanced when applying cold compresses. Remember that your baby’s skin is normally very sensitive.
When will your baby’s eczema go away completely?
As your baby gets older, he will most likely get rid of eczema completely. Many babies get rid of eczema completely by the age of 2.5-3 years. Eczema is not a continuous disease that continues for months or even years. It occurs in certain stages of life and disappears after a certain period of time with appropriate treatments. The number of people who have had eczema in their infancy and still have the problem in adolescence and adulthood is very low.
Eczema is known to be associated with allergies. It is even known that allergens cause eczema. Your baby is breastfed for the first 6 months. It is known that the foods that lactating mothers eat and drink affect the breast milk and therefore the babies within 12 hours. When your baby leaves breast milk and switches to supplementary food, he will already receive nutrients directly. That’s why we recommend that you have allergy tests in babies with eczema, whether your baby is exclusively breastfed or fed with complementary foods. (Click here if you want to read my article on How do Allergy Tests In Babies and Children.) Because whether it is a baby or adult milk, egg, peanut, wheat, hazelnut, soy, fish and shellfish, etc. It is known that eczema is triggered in people who are allergic to food.
For a more comprehensive study, you can also review the article prepared by American Academy of Pediatrics. Click to read.