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Babies and toddlers are young and their immune system is still at a stage in which it is growing and adapting to all of the germs that it comes into contact with. Because of this there are many things that can afflict your child. Some things may be avoided while others seem to affect the majority of newborns and young toddlers. One such problem is baby eczema.

Baby eczema is a type of skin condition in which dry and scaly patches will begin to appear on the surface of the child’s skin. These patches are more commonly found on the child’s face – but it is possible for it to affect larger areas including their scalp. When is develops on the scalp it is then referred to as cradle crap.

This type of skin condition will usually develop when the baby is less than a year old – but it is possible to begin later in life. Studies show that one in five babies will be diagnosed with this skin condition at some point in their life. There are other types of eczema that can afflict older children and adults.

It is possible for your child to outgrow baby eczema and if they are lucky they will only have mild eczema symptoms. However, some children may experience more painful and severe symptoms all over their body that will require special medicated lotion. There are many things that could trigger eczema in your baby.

  • Dust
  • Cold air
  • Pet dander
  • Excessive dryness
  • Excessive wetness (usually from their saliva when they drool or milk)
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Fabrics that irritate their skin or have been washed with harsh detergents
  • Food allergies

In order to treat baby eczema you must seek advice from your pediatrician. The treatment will depend on the severity of the condition. Some children may only need a simple ointment to be used on the patch of skin while other might need something prescribed to them.

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