Everything you need to know about Baby Eczema!

It could be dry skin but it could be eczema.

Some tips and solutions from Sebamed.

Babies are pre-disposed to eczema because their skin barrier is more fragile than an adult’s.

Does your little one have patches of dry, flaky, rashy skin? They could have baby eczema.

While it is a common skin condition, it could get extreme. It can also cause a lot of parenting stress and discomfort for your child. Here is some helpful information you need to know about baby eczema.

 

What is baby eczema

Baby eczema, or atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects up to 20% of all babies. Eczema, is frequently seen in babies with a family history of eczema, asthma or allergic rhinitis.

In babies, eczema often appears as a rash on the hands, face, neck, inside of the elbows and back of the knees, but may spread to other areas. Eczema rashes are associated with intense itching (pruritus). If the condition continues or is severe, you should definitely talk to your baby’s healthcare provider to understand if the condition is clinical eczema (atopic dermatitis) or dry skin, and to learn the best way to treat and manage. Here are some tips for dealing with eczema, as well as extremely dry or sensitive skin:

  • Avoid the things you think may cause itching, such as dust, grass, weeds, wool clothing and certain soaps, detergents, fabric softeners and perfumes.
  • Give your baby short baths for no more than five to 10 minutes in water that is warm, not hot.
  • Use mild skin cleansers or shampoos specially made for babies with sensitive skin. Be extra careful on areas often exposed to the environment
  • Dry the skin after a bath by patting with a soft towel, and then immediately apply moisturiser. Do not rub the skin
  • Moisturise frequently throughout the day, especially after bathing
  • Use an emollient cream, smoothing it into the skin in a downward motion

Visit your baby’s healthcare practitioner if you’re concerned about their dry skin.

 

How does baby eczema differ from dry skin?

Dry skin is a symptom of eczema. Your baby’s healthcare practitioner can diagnose eczema by examining your baby’s skin. In general, dry skin can be handled at home with some moisturizer and isn’t as bothersome as eczema.

Sebamed’s Baby Cream Extra Soft moisturizer is the best product to use for your baby’s skin. Sebamed Baby Cream Extra Soft is formulated for delicate skin with Jojoba Oil and Panthenol which helps support the natural moisture balance, giving your baby the best protection from day one.

Browse our Baby Range for products that are safe, tested and perfect for your little one.