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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

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


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How to prevent and take care of baby eczema?

How to prevent and take care of baby eczema?

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

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What is the most popular remedy for baby eczema?

What is the most popular remedy for baby eczema?

Gentle skin care: Gentle soap free cleanser, fragrance free products and lots of moisturizer preferably cream or ointment (like vasoline or aquaphor) forms. If needed topical steroids can be used, but best to have baby evaluated by dermatologist for most appropriate regimen. ...Read more

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What is the best skin cream to use for baby eczema?

What is the best skin cream to use for baby eczema?

Baby lotion: I like hypoallergenic lotions like cetaphil, aquaphor or aveeno (oatmeal). Always use unscented. This is best to apply all over the body after baths. ...Read more

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Used desonide for baby eczema for the last 2 weeks. How long should I take a break before resuming?

Used desonide for baby eczema for the last 2 weeks.  How long should I take a break before resuming?

2 weeks: If you have been using desonide twice daily for 2 weeks, you should take a break for at least 2 weeks before resuming. As a rule of thumb, 2 weeks is the maximum number of days in a row to use twice daily topical steroids. If you are using topical steroids only once daily, then you may use them for a month. Use caution on the face and genital regions with topical steroids (can thin skin). ...Read more

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Dear doctors, My little niece is having baby eczema. She is only 50days old. What should we do? Any remedy?

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

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How many days is it safe to apply mupirocin ont to weepy baby eczema?

How many days is it safe to apply mupirocin ont to weepy baby eczema?

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

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What is the difference between baby heat rash and baby eczema?

What is the difference between baby heat rash and baby eczema?

Time and cause: Heat rash is caused by sweating and occurs frequently on the neck and back. Eczema is due to sensitive and sometimes allergic skin conditions and is a chronic condition. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any natural treatment to help get rid of baby eczema?

Is there any natural treatment to help get rid of baby eczema?

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

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Please tell me the difference between baby eczema and baby heat rash?

Please tell me the difference between baby eczema and baby heat rash?

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

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Whats the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

Whats the difference between baby eczema and baby acne?

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

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Would it be a good idea for my 10 mo old son should see an allergist? We've been told baby eczema or virus. No new food introduced. Confused.

Would it be a good idea for my 10 mo old son should see an allergist? We've been told baby eczema or virus. No new food introduced. Confused.

Possibly: In general for mild eczema, one may not necessarily need to see an allergist. For more severe disease that is not responsive to therapy or persistent then an allergy evaluation may be needed. ...Read more

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Is eczema common in babies?

Is eczema common in babies?

Yes: Eczema is common after the first few months of life. Moderate to severe eczema in children is triggered by a food allergy in greater than 40% of children, although very uncommon to be triggered by a food allergy in adults. ...Read more

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Eczema on babies face is rosebud salve ok?

Eczema on babies face is rosebud salve ok?

Have him : Seen by his pediatrician and he will advise u. ...Read more

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Can infant formula cause eczema?

Can infant formula cause eczema?

Possibly: A cow's milk protein allergy may present as eczema in infants. Other symptoms may include fussiness and irritability, bloody/mucousy stools, vomiting, and poor weight gain. Consider a trial of a hypoallergenic formula, but discuss this with your doctor first. Some will try soy-based formulas, however a number of children who are truly milk-protein allergic may be soy allergic too, so be cautious. ...Read more

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Why are babies born with eczema?

Why are babies born with eczema?

They aren't: Babies often develop seborrheic dermatitis shortly after birth, which can look like eczema. However, true atopic dermatitis is extremely rare in neonates. It typically does not appear until at least 3 months of age. ...Read more

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What cream do they give babies for eczema?

What cream do they give babies for eczema?

Treatment: usually starts with a good skin care regimen, one that is designed for sensitive skin (hypoallergenic and fragrance free). Moisturizing is very important. Topical steroids are used during periods of flare, but should be used with caution on the face, diaper area and in very young infants. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between eczema and psoriasis in babies?

How can you distinguish between eczema and psoriasis in babies?

You cannot: you cannot but your pediatrician or a dermatologist often can. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more