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General Information and Reviews on Baby Acne Eczema

Jul 19, 2008
When looking at baby eczema, whilst medicine now knows that a person's immune system is involved, what causes eczema remains a mystery. Typically, contact with some external allergen triggers an allergic reaction, leading to the typical skin symptoms and changes seen in sufferers. Baby eczema is a rash seen on their face which gradually gets worse unless treated, eventually becoming causing cracking and flaking. In the USA, it can affect anything between 10 and 20 percent of infants.

In the majority of these cases, the condition resolves by the time they reach two years of age. For a small number of children this skin complaint does not disappear when they are young but continues into adulthood. Although many believe the condition only starts in childhood, this is only partially true; it is just more common in babies and infants. Sufferers have generally had the condition since before their fifth birthday and almost a third of sufferers before they were a year old.

When baby eczema is found it affects their face and head but can also be found on their legs and arms. A lack of moisture within the baby's skin is often thought to be the trigger to atopic eczema, which is often a hereditary condition. Washing powder is also known to trigger attacks but fabric conditioners can also have a similar effect. In some instances it would seem that breastfeeding seems to protect the child from baby eczema as opposed to those mothers who stop this practice prematurely.

Other links have been found to a number of medical conditions including those of a respiratory nature. Mothers who have asthma are also more likely to have a baby that has the condition but allergic rhinitis and food allergies can also play a part. The number of childhood cases where food is responsible for the condition is considerable at almost 30 percent; however, once the food responsible is discovered, it can be taken out of the child's diet. However simple this actually is, belies the time it might take to find the food group by trial and error; some of these groups are mentioned below:

* Sea-Food * Dairy products, especially milk * Bread * Food prepared using eggs * Foods where peanut oil may have been used

The treatment with babies involves bathing in lukewarm water, and proper skin lubrication with hypoallergenic creams. To ensure they are comfortable they only dressed in natural cotton clothing once they have been bathed. A baby with this condition can easily cause infection to damaged skin if their nails are not kept short because they will undoubtedly scratch themselves constantly. For infants with more serious baby eczema, antihistamine cream may be prescribed which should help stop the itching; steroid creams can also be used for a short period to help heal the skin. This is a difficult medical condition to not only control but overcome despite being a common complaint.
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