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Identify Baby Eczema Symptoms

Infant with allergic diathesisThe days are getting colder and the air is getting drier. As you spot some red, rashy areas on your baby, you may be wondering if your baby is having a case of eczema. You’ve heard of eczema as it is a hot topic on multiple blogs and new parent websites. However, you are hoping there are some simple clues that can tell you if the rash that you are seeing is eczema or something else. In this post, you will be able to identify baby eczema symptoms versus those “something else’s”.

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.
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    • From 2 years old to 10-12 years old, the flexural areas like the antecubetals and popliteals are affected.
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    • From youth to adulthood, eczema can appear as small round spots randomly on the body called nummular eczema to focal eyelid or hand eczema.
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Now that you’ve learned what eczema looks like and what areas of the body it affects, know that a rash may not simply and be purely eczema. A rash can be eczema plus something else.

What are those “something else’s”?

  • Drool rash: In case no one ever told you, your baby will begin teething at around the age of 3 months old.
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    With teething comes increased drooling and with increased drooling comes drool rash. Perpetual drool can be very irritating to the skin and as a result, drool rash appears. Drool rash typically appears as an ill-defined red rash affecting baby’s cheeks. Sounds just like eczema, yes? You can soothe drool rash by using thick, ointment-based products that will provide a seal of protection between your baby’s skin and your baby’s irritating drool.

  • Intertrigo (i.e. chafing): If you happen to have that cute, chunky baby with rolls and folds, you may notice your baby having red, rashy areas in those creased areas. These areas can be the neck, the creases of the arms and legs, and the groin area. What is happening is tried and true chafing. The physical chronic rubbing of skin-on-skin causes the red rashiness of chafing and results in the rash known as intertrigo. Again, thick, ointment-based products with or without zinc oxide can help provide a seal of protection to prevent intertrigo from developing. When intertrigo is spotted early on, OTC 1% hydrocortisone can be used twice daily for 2 to 3 days to calm the irritation.
  • Impetigo: Impetigo is a common childhood skin infection that appears as a red, rashy patch with yellow, honey-colored crusting. Babies with eczema can commonly get secondary infections of impetigo due to the eczema skin having breaks in the skin that allows bacterial germs to enter and cause an infection. If you notice that yellow crusting on top of your baby’s eczema, take your child immediately to the pediatrician or dermatologist to have him further evaluated.

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

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