Your baby’s body goes through so many changes in their first year of life. As parents, it can be hard to tell what new bumps and rashes mean for your baby.
Eczema is a common source of redness and itchiness in young babies which, if left untreated, can lead to food allergies
Here’s what you should look out for if you think your baby’s rash might be eczema.
The major symptoms of eczema in babies are:
- Redness - anywhere from pink to a deep red
- Swelling - puffiness of the affected areas
- Oozing pus or water - the hallmark of an infection
- Trouble sleeping or crying from the itching
In babies who have the motor control to scratch, you may see
- Scratch marks or small cuts from nails
- Skin thickening from the continued damage
Eczema symptoms in babies typically appear on the cheeks, neck, inside elbows and back of the knees. More severe cases of eczema can spread to any part of the body.
I Think My Baby Has Eczema — What Now?
First, don’t panic. Eczema can be uncomfortable, but there are plenty of ways to help prevent and treat flares, which you can read about here.
Next, talk to your doctor. They can help you identify your baby’s eczema triggers, and talk to you about other allergic diseases like food allergies.
Lastly, you’ll want to stock up on baby eczema creams. Your baby will need something stronger and more particular than your run-of-the-mill lavender baby lotion. You can read about some of our top picks here.