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Why Do Babies Get 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
You cannot: you cannot but your pediatrician or a dermatologist often can. ...Read more
Yes : The otc 1% is safe for short term use. ...Read more
Likely: eczema may require a combination of treatments, the mainstay of which is proper application of topical moisturizers. Talk with your pediatrician about how to properly apply moisturizers, which ones are best to use, and what signs/symptoms of worsening eczema to look for. Sometimes referral to a specialist (dermatology, allergy/immunology) may be needed for refractory cases. ...Read more
Infrequent or not: There are two schools of thought. One is infrequent bathing to avoid drying out the skin with baths no more than every other day and maybe less often. The other approach is more frequent but brief baths in tepid water to hydrate the skin. The key is frequent use of moisturizering cream. An allergist or dermatologist can help determine which approach is best for your infant. ...Read more
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