What is infantile eczema?

Many people talk about eczema, but not many are familiar with the condition. Eczema, also referred to as "atopic dermatitis," is a condition that affects children and adults. It can be an ongoing, chronic issue, but is often controlled with a daily treatment regimen even when the condition is not present. It comes and goes, but with proper care, many patients can keep their eczema issues at bay. This condition is often characterized by rashes that can occur anywhere on the body, but often appear around the knees, arms, wrists, neck, and ankles. It can become very uncomfortable, resulting in itching and possible secondary infections from scratching. This is why it is very important to control flare-ups and manage the skin care properly between episodes.

There is a type of eczema that can affect babies approximately one year or younger known as "infantile eczema." This condition often presents early and typically develops on the face before it spreads down the neck and the trunk of the body. It may continue to spread onto the arms and legs. The rash will be red, dry, and itchy, and can be uncomfortable for babies. In some cases, it can become infected or severe to the point where puss and yellow blisters begin to form. Drs. Daniel Achtman and Carmine McConnell at DSA Dermatology advise parents who have a child experiencing a condition similar to infantile eczema to bring their child in for a pediatric dermatology appointment with our team of professionals.

Infantile eczema can be reduced in many ways. Proper care of the skin is encouraged, including cotton clothing; moisturizers applied several times a day, and perfume-free soaps and detergents.

Drs. Daniel Achtman and Carmine McConnell of DSA Dermatology encourage parents who have eczema to work closely with our team to ensure their children have proper care. Eczema is typically a genetic condition, and when both parents have it, their children have an extremely high risk of developing infantile eczema. Some parents with severe eczema may even visit a doctor or allergy specialist before they have their children to learn about ways to reduce their children's risks.

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