Caring for Eczema in Babies and Small Children

There are several types of eczema, include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema as well as the type that most commonly affects babies: seborrheic dermatitis, or cradle cap. It will appear between 6 months and five years of age. It is not contagious and often runs in the family. When you see that your child is showing signs of eczema, ask your doctor about it immediately.

It is important to remember that eczema is a blanket term for some conditions that cause dry, itchy and inflamed skin. Dermatitis is another word for eczema and is the most common type. Atopic dermatitis is considered a chronic disease and is the result of an overactive immune system, with reactions both inside and outside of the body. It affects over one-tenth of the children in the United States

There is no right cause of eczema, but there is evidence that it comes from a combination of genes as well as environmental triggers. It is an incorrect reaction to triggers outside of the body. Eczema in babies and smaller children is different than that in older children. Location and appearance of eczema will change as the child grows (if they do not grow out of it), so keep up with these changes so you can help manage your child’s eczema.

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