Eczema is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects up to 20 percent of all babies, particularly those with a family history of skin irritations, asthma, or allergies. It is usually experienced as periods of flare-ups followed by periods of no or few symptoms. In mild cases, the skin is dry, scaly, red and itchy. In more severe cases there may be weeping, crusting and bleeding. Constant scratching causes the skin to split and bleed and also leaves it open to infection. In some cases, certain foods (such as cow's milk, eggs, wheat or oranges) may provoke an attack.
In babies, eczema often occurs on hands, face, neck, elbows and back of the knees, but may spread to other areas. You should definitely talk to your baby’s GP about treatment if the condition is severe, but here are some tips for dealing with eczema, as well as extremely dry or sensitive skin:
Although eczema can be an irritating condition, especially during periods of flare-ups, by following these tips, you can help to make your baby more comfortable.
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