Symptoms and Treatment of Eczema in Infants
Infants and toddlers will commonly develop eczema — bright red
rashes across their skin. Eczema is extremely unpleasant for children
and may both itch and hurt, prompting them to scratch and potentially
cause infections. Eczema can be treated fairly easily but it’s often
confused for cradle cap or other issues. Here are some of the
symptoms of eczema and the easiest treatment courses.
Symptoms of Infant Eczema
Infant eczema will usually occur either around their cheeks or at
their joints, such as their elbows or their knees. The texture of the
skin will appear dry and scaly and the flesh beneath the skin will be
bright red. Eczema can spread to other areas, however. Eczema can
also persist beyond infancy and continue into toddlers and children.
It is related to dry skin and will frequently begin as patches of dry
skin. Infant eczema is more common in families that have a history of
eczema. The condition can range from fairly mild — a little itching
and redness — to chronic and severe, with broken skin.
Controlling Infant Eczema
Though it is true many cases of infant eczema may eventually
resolve on their own, it’s not guaranteed. Eczema can progressively
get worse instead and can present a very real danger to an infant, as
infection and scarring can both occur. Parents with children who are
displaying symptoms of eczema can take them to a dermatologist in San
Francisco. Dermatologists generally treat eczema with topical
medication designed to both kill off any bacterial infections and to
treat the dryness of the skin.
There are also some home treatments that are open to less serious
cases of eczema. Moisturizers are the major component of eczema
treatment, which essentially occurs when the skin becomes too dry to
protect itself. Parents may also want to switch to gentler soaps and
may want to make sure that their children are dressed in soft,
comfortable clothes. Other than this, it becomes important for
parents to make sure that their children don’t scratch — scratching
can break the skin and increase the risk of infection.
Though infant eczema is a fairly common issue, it can also become
serious fairly quickly. Parents that have children with infant eczema
should consult with a professional if the skin becomes broken or
weeping or if the child appears to be in significant discomfort.
Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our services will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.