BABY ECZEMA SYMPTOMS
Baby or Infant Eczema, also known as Atopic Eczema, is a dry skin condition that is genetically passed on from parents to babies. Babies with this condition lack a certain protein in their bodies that produce a natural barrier composed of fatty acids to protect their skin. Baby eczema is a common skin problem in infants and young children. Baby eczema usually looks like red patches of dry, scaly skin that sometimes crust over and is often itchy and uncomfortable. Many newborn babies also develop a cradle cap, also known as Seborrheic Dermatitis (another type of baby eczema). It appears like yellow, greasy or crusty patches on the scalp.
BABY ECZEMA CAUSES
When baby’s skin is irritated by any trigger, the body goes into attack mode to flight the irritant which results in an itchy rash that may be dry or oozy, inflamed and painful. Most babies outgrow their eczema by the time they are five years old. However, baby eczema symptoms may persist, causing dry skin and itching, which can be distressing. Symptoms of baby eczema usually occur when the baby is exposed to irritating substances, such as soaps, bubble baths, and rough fabrics.
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