Baby eczema is usually something that runs in families. The parents may not have had eczema, but they may have alleriges or respiratory problems as children. Many believe that there is a genetic component. It is not contagious, so you don’t have to worry about your other children playing with the baby and getting a rash themselves.
Babies can get other rashes, but the hallmark of an eczema rash is that it will persist, even if it stops temporarily. Kids often have the eczema on their face, unlike adults. Other spots are elbows, knees and hands. Remember that your child will have little control over scratching, as that is an instinct. The best remedy for this is anithistamines, anti-itch creams and putting little gloves on the baby’s hands. Expect a lot of crying from the discomfort.
There are a lot of things to observe to see if your baby can be more comfortable. First of all, have you investigated if your baby has any food allergies? This isn’t always easy to tell but you can get testing done by an allergist. Try to use the dye-free and gentle types of detergents in the event the baby has a reaction to any of the chemicals. Beware of too much sweating as well as whether the blankets are wrapped and creating perspiration. Use cotton for bedding and daily clothing.
Use moisturizer for your child constantly. This is important because he or she may be scratching and this can create more problems. Be careful about ingredients like alcohol in case your child has a reaction to it. Look around your home for mold, mildew and if pet hair may be a problem or a new rug. Get a mattress cover in case there are dust mites.
Sing with your child and do things to help your child still enjoy every day activities. Check with your doctor for what antihistamines are best to help with sleep and itching. Your care will be felt by your child, but also don’t get alarmed as this will be conveyed to your child. Having a relaxed attitude is contagious.