Eczema and Dermatitis in Your Child
Eczema and Dermatitis in Your Child - Skin problems are, unfortunately, typical for babies. Often unsightly, they also tend to be quite uncomfortable. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is one of the most noted skin problems babies suffer from.
What is Eczema?
Eczema is a condition characterized by itchy dry patches on the skin. It is not uncommon for babies or children to scratch at these pieces, causing them to bleed. To provide some measure of relief, it is essential for parents to do their best to treat their child’s eczema. Eczema that is uncontrolled can cause serious problems. For instance, if the skin breaks open, babies are susceptible to secondary infections that could land them in the hospital.
Eczema can show up almost anywhere on the body. The most common spots are the knees, elbows, arms, and legs.
Eczema is not contagious. Certain things can trigger it. Humidity and heat, clothing that is abrasive, certain detergents and soaps, chemicals and tobacco smoke are all known triggers. Infants and children most susceptible to eczema are those that have allergies and asthma or who are related to someone who has or has had eczema in the past.
There are different degrees of eczema, mild, moderate and severe. A child with mild eczema will have scaly, thickened skin with papules (small bumps) and plaques (lesions). The breakouts will be scattered and few. This degree of eczema can be treated with over-the-counter medications and right, home remedies.
Moderate eczema is more severe than mild eczema. A child will have more patches, and home remedies or over-the-counter medications are often not as effective. Usually, it will be necessary to treat the condition with prescription medication.
Children with severe forms of eczema suffer the most. Getting this type of eczema under control is tough. Patches may appear all over the child’s body, including their face, legs, arms, and scalp. A severe case of eczema will require a treatment regimen that includes prescription medication.
Skin problems such as eczema are common amongst babies, this, however, doesn’t make them easy to treat or deal with. In fact, the treatment of such conditions can be quite challenging for both the parent and child. Skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis in your child, and while there are treatments available, many of them will prove to be ineffective. For most parents, it will require a great deal of trial and error before they find something that works. Luckily, most children will eventually grow out of eczema. Until they do, parents must do the best that they can to provide some relief for their child.