Does your child have patches of scaly, itchy and dry skin that never seem to go away? Perhaps you remember having a similar condition when you were young. It might be eczema, which tends to run in families, and often goes hand in hand with allergies as well. Eczema can be very difficult to deal with, especially when children are young. What can you do about it?
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Eczema – what is it?
Eczema is a skin irritation that appears as patches of dry, red, scaly skin, which may become moist. It most often appears on baby’s face, behind the ears, around their neck, behind their knees and on the inside of elbows.
The causes are unknown, but it can run in families and may be linked with other allergic diseases.
What may aggravate eczema?
- Rough, scratchy, tight clothes
- Woollens and synthetics (carpets, car seats, furniture)
- Frequent use of strong soap for bathing or washing clothes
- Perfumed creams and lotions
- Dust mites
- Dry air
- Sand, pollen or grasses
What can you do about it?
- Dress your baby in light, soft, loose, smooth cotton clothes — don’t overdress.
- Use lukewarm water in the bath.
- Avoid soaps and bath lotions – use sorbolene and glycerine lotion instead of soap at bathtime and at nappy changes.
- Moisturise your baby’s skin with sorbolene and glycerine lotion.
- If your baby scratches their face, use jumpsuits which have a foldover cuff which acts as a mitten.
- Wash your baby’s clothes in pure soap liquid laundry detergent for sensitive skin and rinse well – don’t use fabric softeners, wool mix or laundry powders.
- When putting your baby on the floor to play, place your baby on a cotton sheet, not the carpet.
- Regularly vacuum the house.
- If the eczema does not get better, ask your doctor for a referral to a paediatric dermatologist.
This is an excerpt from The First Five Years, which is a handy and easy to navigate book, specifically developed to help parents. It contains a comprehensive collection of practical parenting information and useful tips for your child’s first five years. If you’ve ever wanted a quick guide to refer to in the middle of the night, or to help you decide when it’s time to see a doctor, this is a resource which will help you on your way. You can view it online or download it for free at The First Five Years.
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