Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a common skin condition that affects infants. In the past decade, statistics shows that the number of infants under the age of 2 years old has increased three times over.
One can easily pinpoint eczema in children. Although this skin condition is typically common to them, you should not ignore its symptoms. Eczema can get worse and put your child in discomfort and more seriously, it can result to infections.
So how can you tell if your child is suffering from eczema or atopic dermatitis?
Look for the following symptoms.
- Small Red Bumps on the Skin – The most common symptom and usually the initial sign of atopic dermatitis in infants is tiny red bumps on the skin. If your baby is starting to develop eczema, you would start seeing red bumps starting to appear on your baby’s skin. They are very itchy and your baby may start scratching them which would usually lead to ooze or at times the skin to crust over. Scratching also makes your baby more prone to to serious infections. Be sure to put mittens on your bundle of joy to prevent scratching those itchy bumps.
- Red Patches – Red patches on the skin is another sign of eczema. These patches are usually raised and sporting a pink or red color. Some patches though can have a brownish or grayish color.
- Flakes – Eczema will usually cause your baby’s skin to become dry and start flaking. Dryness and flaking are usually due to the baby scratching the itchy bumps and patches. To relieve dryness and flaking use lukewarm water when bathing your baby and keep baths short,max of 15 minutes. Organic soaps especially oatmeal-based are usually recommended. However, consult your pediatrician first.
What to Do When Your Baby Has Eczema
As soon as your baby starts showing symptoms of eczema, consult your pediatrician immediately. Your pediatrician can recommend lotions or ointments to soothe the effects of eczema as well as tips on home care for your baby’s eczema.
Ointments and essential oils like Argan oil can help relieve symptoms of eczema. The Argan oil is a potent moisturizer thanks to its high content of Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and Sterols. Argan oil also comes with numerous antioxidants therefore aside from keeping your baby’s skin moisturized, it also protects your baby’s skin from damage.
How Safe is Argan Oil on Babies’ Skin?
Argan oil is generally safe for baby’s skin except if the baby is suffering from nut allergies. It is however always best to consult your pediatrician first before trying out any product on babies.