What to do for babies and children with eczema?

What are the best products to use on the skin of a baby for eczema, especially to make the redness and peeling go away?

This is a tough one, isn’t it.  Often food allergies are the culprit here, for example citrus  fruits are a common cause of eczema in the young but there are many others.   I’m going to assume you have had your baby seen by a pediatric dermatologist.  They really can be much more helpful than a general dermatologist if you have one close.   Also consider a pediatric allergist who may be able to test for specific allergies.

The second thing to remember that everyone with eczema is more prone to low grade skin infections that don’t usually look the way you think they would.   Often they don’t drain, but just keep the skin from healing properly.   It’s very helpful to get a bacterial culture done to make sure bacterial overload or infection isn’t the problem.  I don’t recommend just treating with antibiotics randomly because you won’t know if the bacteria is resistent to certain antibiotics unless you get a culture done.

Thirdly, for products………even some of the best available lines made for eczema and sensitive skin have some chemicals in them.  While many of those are not known to cause problems, we are still all individuals and could react.  Try lines like Free & Clear (Vanicream), CeraVe, Cetaphil, or plain oils like Jojoba (you may need to avoid nut oils)  and Avene.   Plant extract  heavy products may cause problems for those who have eczema.  Products for sensitive skin.

Hope this helps,  Dr I



Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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