Eczema Treatments for a Baby
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2010 | By Sarah Harding
Dr. Alan Greene states that eczema is one of the most common skin problems in children. It is characterized by dry, extra-sensitive skin. The signs of eczema can appear on nearly any part of the body, but the most common places are the cheeks and the bottom. Children usually outgrow eczema by the second or third year of life. Eczema can be exacerbated by irritants, including perfumes and touching. There are several methods of treating baby eczema, but it is a stubborn condition that can flare up after disappearing.
Caregivers should wash babies using mild cleansers and lukewarm water. Short baths are best to avoid drying out the skin. Soap isn't necessary on all parts of the body---only areas that are truly dirty. Caregivers can apply a sensitive skin lotion that the baby's doctor has recommended. Optimum choices are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products. The best time to apply the lotion is right after a bath, while the skin is still wet to seal in moisture. Green recommends the use of a humidifier while the baby is sleeping to prevent the skin from drying out, especially during winter months.
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