Baby Eczema

Managing Baby Eczema

Eczema, sometimes called atopic dermatitis, is a very common skin problem for babies in developed countries. With baby eczema, red scaly patches typically present on the legs or the groin area, although other areas can also be affected. The skin surrounding the rashes are typically dry and scaly, and can become thick over time. Baby eczema starts most frequently when the baby is between 6 months and 12 months old.

This skin condition is most common in babies with a family history of asthma, allergies, or eczema, and is believed to be in part, hereditary. Eczema is also affected by environmental factors such as irritants, allergens, and pollutants. Although many babies outgrow eczema, some will carry the condition until adulthood, and for others still, it is a life long condition that they must manage. If you suspect that your baby has eczema, visit a pediatrician, and they should prescribe a cream or an ointment that can clam down the rash.

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