Eczema is a chronic skin disease and it’s not contagious.
In babies eczema rashes tends to show on scalp, cheeks, on wrists, inside elbows and on other parts of the body. Study shows that most children outgrow eczema before they start going school. Anyway proper care must be taken as skin condition may become worse leaving scars.
Eczema rashes look like itchy dry scaly patches or sometimes with red oozing bumps. The main cause of eczema is hereditary and low ceramides, which are important for skin protection. If any one of the parent has eczema chances of baby getting eczema are more. Good hygiene is important as unhygienic environment may also trigger eczema.
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According to WebMD.com 10-15% of children have eczema and it may be confused with cradle cap, another skin disease. So consult professional doctor as soon as you see any rashes on baby’s skin.
How to Keep the Neck of a Baby Dry to help Eczema
- Affected part of the skin shouldn’t come in contact with harsh soap, saliva and sweat. They trigger itching which will worsen the bumps.
- While feeding your baby, notice that food substance don’t remain in neck folds. Often while drinking milk or water and while eating, baby food gets into those folds which make the skin moist and bacteria jump to spread infection. Instead of rubbing with a cloth damp the wet parts of the skin with a cloth.
- We recommend dressing baby in a bib while feeding, so that water or milk gets absorbed.
- If moisture gets accumulated on affected area of baby’s skin, pat dry with a cloth instead of rubbing as rubbing makes bumps bleed.
- Apply moisturizing cream prescribed by doctor.
- Follow regular bathing and wash her clothes regularly to keep the bacteria at bay.
- Cut baby’s nails if she has any, else she may damage her skin while scratching. You must do this with utmost care.
Consult your doctor and follow his/her prescription.