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Baby Eczema On Head
A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more
Does eczema weep on babies face or is weeping impetigo? My 3 month old has been on mupirocin the past 9 days. Still inflamed and weeping off and on.
Weeping skin: Both eczema and impetigo can weep. Unfortunately they can also go together. Impetigo should have improved at least somewhat with Mupirocin cream. For eczema, just using Mupirocin cream is not sufficient to improve the inflammation, so other meds need to be added. Please talk to you dermatologist about additional treatments for eczema. Also applying cool soaks even for a minute prior to meds helps. ...Read more
Baby has dry skin and patchy spots of dryness in places on his head and body. Is this eczema? How should I treat?
Mgt: Your baby may have eczema. This can usually be managed by using Eucerin cream a few times a day to the affected areas. I would suggest avoiding long baths and a moisturizer prior to bedtime. Watch for any signs of foods as a possible trigger. ...Read more
Infrequent Bathing: The number one thing you can do to prevent baby eczema is to bathe the baby infrequently. Every other day bathing is fine. Just wash the bottom gently and pat to dry. A mild cortisone creme for treatment is fine. In the US we use a 1% over the counter cortisone. Congratulations on your baby! You are doing a great job! We Healthtap docs are excited to learn more about your needs in China! ...Read more
How old is baby?: Only use hypoallergenic, fragrance free, sensitive skin items (laundry detergent, soap, lotions, or creams), avoid fabric softeners in the laundry. Bathe baby only 2-3 times per week. Keep the skin hydrated with a good emollient (thicker than lotion). Talk you your pediatrician about the issue to get full evaluation and to ensure it really is eczema and discuss other measure you can take. ...Read more
I had eczema since I was a baby and I was lighter now I'm dark but my face is lighter than my bod. Do eczema make your skin darker?
Your priority...: ...Is not softening, it's relieving the itching. Eczema itches, scratching causes infection & scarring, and babies can't be told not to scratch. The less they itch, the less dry and irritated their skin will be. Treatment varies considerably, depending on the individual situation. You should see a dermatologist and get a specific treatment plan for your baby. ...Read more
Needs Evaluation: Most often eczema has an onset before 5 years of age but it can occur at any age. Presentation and location of eczema can differ depending on age of onset. Slightly more common in females. A lot of children who had eczema will find that as they get older their eczema gets less severe. Discolored skin could also be due to skin fungal infection. See pediatrician to determine proper treatment course. ...Read more
Possible.: Skin discoloration following eczema may last a long time. ...Read more
Used desonide for baby eczema for the last 2 weeks. How long should I take a break before resuming?
Eczema cream: Desonide should be used as needed. Once the rash gets better discontinue its use. If rash comes back on may start using it again. Use hypoallergenic moisturizers so steroid cream is not used excessively. Moisturizer use especially after bathing an infant/child makes the skin healthy and decreases flare ups. ...Read more
Dear doctors, My little niece is having baby eczema. She is only 50days old. What should we do? Any remedy?
Moisturize: Baby eczema is a fairly common condition. Typical first-line measures include better skin hygiene. Bath daily in lukewarm water then apply fragrance-free moisturizer generously right afterward. Good moisturizers include brands like Vanicream, Cetaphil, or Eucerin. If eczema fails to respond to moisturizers talk to your doctor about topical corticosteroid treatments. ...Read more
My baby is suffering from eczema has skin same time is very dry and red I don't know what caram I can use to help him sleep at night?
Baby eczema: Moisturizer use everyday and one that is fragrant and perfume free. ...Read more
Shouldn't be: There is no such thing as "weepy baby eczema.". That sounds like impetigo, which is a bacterial infection of the skin caused by staph or strep. The classic description is that of a "honey colored crust." when disturbed, it often weeps, which is a serous, yellowish, watery discharge. It can spread, and usually requires oral antibiotics and should be examined and treated by a doctor. ...Read more
Hydrate the Skin: Another important treatment for eczema is proper skin hydration. Use a hypoallergenic moisturizer such as cetaphil, eucerin, lubriderm or just plain vaseline. Apply the moisturizer at least twice a day, especially to damp skin directly after bathing. Often, eczema is not responsive to moisturizers alone and a visit to the doctor may be necessary to discuss the need for topical steroids. ...Read more
Overuse of...: ...Cortisone creams can cause thinning of the skin, which sometimes results in permanent stretch marks. Fine blood vessels may swell and become prominent under the skin surface. In rare cases enough cortisone might be absorbed internally to cause growth suppression or adrenal gland suppression. That's why dermatologists use only the mildest steroid creams on babies, and monitor them closely. ...Read more
Baby has eczema on cheeks forehead and under the chin. How can I treat it? Will it go away for ever?
See a dermatologist: These are common locations for infant eczema. Although this condition might respond to a low potency otc steroid cream, I would advise taking the baby to a dermatologist for evaluation. The condition is generally easily treated, but may recur. In addition, frequently the facial component of the eczema subsides as the child grows older. ...Read more
I think my baby may have eczema because she has red patches of rough skin on her cheeks. What to do?
Find out for sure.: You know that commercial that goes, "do you want your doctor doing your job? Then why are you trying to do his? " don't try to diagnose and treat this yourself. Eczema on the face is relatively unusual in babies. It could be seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, a drug reaction, food allergy, or a host of other things. See your doctor, get a precise diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more
What can I use to keep my baby face moisturized she haa eczema and get face dries out very quickly. She is 2months?
Many products: There are many products available. Focus on something unscented and designed for infant skin. Aquaphor, lubriderm, eucerin, cetaphil, aveeno (oatmeal) - so many more, too many to name. Also, ointments are preferable to lotions if dryness is severe. Also should be using a moisturizing face wash. Most baby soaps are not moisturizing. Soaps like dove, caress, tone or aquaphor body wash are good choices. ...Read more
I have a baby with face eczema. I used desonide for a week, but the eczema is back. Is something else safer or better?
Eczema on the body and face is in most cases transient and doesn't leave life long scars in most babies. Eczema occurs due to the skin becoming dry. Some important things to do:
1. Apply vaseline/eczema ointments 4-6 times per day
2. Use luke warm water for baths
3. Don't put soaps in the water for bathing as it leaches fat from the skin.
4. Use small amounts of aveno baby wash/dove soap. ...Read more
Also. I have what I believe is eczema and maybe it has to do something with my baby getting rash. It has spread on my body to my neck and face.?
Normal for my baby's skin to become very red & hot after applying mupirocin? Allergic? Been on it for 2 weeks & "eczema" patch has spread so much.
Don't gamble.: Here we go with "natural" again. "natural" does not necessarily mean "safe" or even "effective". Cyanide is natural. Arsenic is natural. All too often, "natural" on the label means it will cost more, and that's it. Don't gamble your baby's skin on folk remedies; see a dermatologist, get a precise diagnosis, and a safe/effective treatment. ...Read more
ECZEMA /HEAT RASH:
Eczema is a chronic skin condition and often needs moisturisering the skin and may need some mild steroid cream locally. Presents with dry scaly patches and rash and can be mild and in some cases severe
heat rash is a mild self limiting skin rash which clears up by itself and does not require any treatment except avoiding excessive heat to reduce sweating. In very severe cases you may use steroid. ...Read more
My baby has a rash on his face. I think it might be eczema because his face is dry. Can I put vaseline on his face?
Go to a doctor: Baby's skin is very delicate and it is not good to treat it with things that are fine for older children and adults. A facial rash may not be serious, but it may be part of an allergic reaction or something else requiring a prescription. Make an appointment or visit an urgent care clinic to avoid problems. Vaseline does not sound good, but ask a druggist for a baby product that won't hurt. ...Read more
Pimples: Baby acne occurs in newborns due to hormones passed through placenta. Typically only on the face, with small pimples which resolve without treatment. Eczema is itchy skin on arms, legs and face which mares love at about 6 months or develop more chronic course that flares usually in dry winter weather until age 6. ...Read more
Probiotics: Studies suggest that babies at high risk for allergic disorders such as eczema have different types and numbers of bacteria in their digestive tracts than other babies, and that probiotic supplements taken by pregnant women and children may reduce the occurrence eczema in children. ...Read more
Chronic: Eczema is chronic and will recur. I recommend avoiding harsh soaps which will dry the skin, use aquaphor or vanicream to protect your baby's skin throughout the day and desonide to keep it controlled, preferably no more than 3 times a week. It gets better over time! Also, eczema makes skin more susceptible to infections so if it persists, see your dr. ...Read more
7mth old baby not eating, diarrhoea, very unsettled his eczema has flared up and has white sort of bumps on the inside of his cheeks (mouth)?
Dehydration?: Infants can easily become dehydrated, especially if they are not eating and having diarrhea. This can happen quickly, can be very concerning, and warrants a visit to the doctor. Viruses are common in this age group and can cause decreased oral intake, diarrhea and oral sores (among many other symptoms). Fungal infections (candida/oral thrush) can present with white patches on buccal mucosa. ...Read more
What can I use on my skin to help it remain hydrated, without interfering with my eczema? I have eczema, followed by extremely dry skin. No matter what substance I apply to my skin, it always seem to dry up. I've tried lotion, vaseline, baby oil, and no
I: I agree with above. Also, consider using a gentle cleanser such as cerave hydrating cleanser when bathing. ...Read more
My 4 months old baby has eczema. Doctor advice me to use Cetaphil lotion and body wash. I noticed that my baby's face is getting whiter.
Need more info: I don't see any relationship to the topical products you are using. I would bring the findings of the skin on the baby's face to the attention of the pediatrician. Having one skin problem may lead to another kind of skin problem. ...Read more
Is it safe to use betamethasone 0.05% ointment on my 3 month old baby's body for eczema? Is it safe on the face? Any side effects?
No…betamethasone is: High potency steroid & could damage baby's skin as well as interfere with growth if used too much. Hydrocortisone is lower potency; use 0.5 or 1.0% (otc) & the smallest amount that puts a thin film on affected area. Face is very sensitive area; so "less is more" applies. If 0.5% insufficient (after 5-7 days' use) may try 1%. Still no response, consult pediatrician. ...Read more
How can I identify if my baby has heat rash or eczema? Her rashes are red and its flaky on her face, because of dryness her cheek has a small cut now.
Not sure if it is an eczema or ringworm on her cheek (4 mos baby). She had eczema before. It all started with a rash then turn into circular not scaly?
Probably eczema: Your baby is likely to be having eczema as it recurs often and is not scaly The eczema may present as rash of any shape or size and anywhere on the body. Unlikely to be ringworm at this age. As baby"s contact is limited. Watch for any change in rash or it persists, if so consult your doctor. ...Read more
My 7wk baby has infected eczema where her skin in d affected areas is weeping & looks very sore been there for 3wks now. Is steroid cream safe option?
Yes.: Lots of babies get eczema - and steroid creams are 100% safe if used appropriately. First, be sure that you use lots of moisturizer on these areas twice per day - this alone can sometimes fix the problem. If not, mix the moisturizer 50/50 with 1% hydrocortisone, or if you have a prescription cream, use that, and apply. Use the creams generously and consistently - should improve in 10 days. ...Read more