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How to Spot Baby Eczema

You have probably heard of eczema, but you may wonder what it exactly is and what it looksatopic dermatitis newborn feet eczema like. We want to keep it simple for you- we want to help you understand what eczema means and how you can spot and identify baby eczema.

Eczema afflicts up to 20% of the US population. Eczema is aka Atopic Dermatitis and is part of the Atopic Triad, which consists of eczema, asthma and hay fever. If a parent has any one of the atopic triad conditions, then his or her child is at increased risk of developing eczema. Eczema can range from mild to severe cases, with most eczema cases being mild. Think of eczema as a skin condition that occurs when sensitive skin becomes “rashy” when it gets too dry or irritated.

Here is how you spot baby eczema.

  • Eczema appears as an ill-defined red or erythematous scaly rash that typically affects different body areas based on age.
    • From 1 month old to 2 years old, eczema most commonly afflicts baby’s cheeks and the extensor (outer) sides of the arms and legs.

Photo of eczema on baby's cheeks and elbows

    • From 2 years old to 10-12 years old, the flexural areas like the antecubetals and popliteals are affected.

Photo of eczema in elbow fold

    • From youth to adulthood, eczema can appear as small round spots randomly on the body called nummular eczema to focal eyelid or hand eczema.

Photo of eczema on outer shin and ankle

Now that you’ve learned how to spot and identify eczema, here are a few simple tips to prevent and soothe eczema:

To prevent eczema, simply keep your baby’s skin moisturized and hydrated regularly. This simple tip can make all of the difference. The type of moisturizer you use matters. Ointments are the best moisturizers followed by creams and then lotions. The reason why ointments are better is that ointments are emulsions with more oil than water. Water actually dries out the skin so that is why lotions which have more water are not as moisturizing.

If eczema is spotted, then switch over to an ointment based moisturizer immediately and use it several times in a day. Routine baths are fine to keep doing to prevent a secondary infection. Secondary infections worsen eczema so bathing with a mild soap and water can help prevent that. On those hot spots of eczema, you can try using an OTC 1% hydrocortisone cream two to three times a day for three days. If those eczema flares do not improve, do not waste time- see your dermatologist or pediatrician for further recommendations.

The Baby Pibu team hopes that learning how to spot eczema can help you identify whether or not your baby is having a case of eczema or something else. Remember, eczema is a common skin condition that affects many of us from babyhood to adulthood. It cannot be cured but managed. To learn more, check out Dr. Amy’s Daily 4 educational video on eczema to learn how to spot and soothe eczema.

Watch Dr. Amy’s Daily 4 Video on How to Spot and Soothe Eczema

List of NEA-approved products: https://nationaleczema.org/eczema-products/

Baby Pibu’s products for preventing and treating eczema: https://www.babypibu.com/skin-conditions/eczema/

NEA-approved Baby Pibu products for daily care: https://www.babypibu.com/skin-conditions/daily-care/

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