Once you have information that your baby does in fact have some sort of eczema, the second thing you will need to do is find out what type of eczema is bothering him. Is it a contact eczema (did something he came into contact with make him itch. ) Is it eczema that is brought on by some sort of allergy? Is the eczema a reaction to environmental irritants that are breathed in like, pollen, and dust mites? Is the eczema atopic eczema?
The first thing you will want to do when you find that he has eczema is make it your business to make sure that his skin is always moist. Whenever his skin gets dry, it becomes that much more susceptible to eczema flare ups.
Types of eczema.
You should know that right now, the majority of baby eczema cases are atopic in nature. The term atopic means that his immune system reacts to stimuli much more vigorously than people who are not atopic.
This form of eczema is usually an inherited form. If a baby has one parent that has an atopic illness, whether it is asthma, eczema or hay fever, the chances that he will get eczema is as high as 50%. If both parents have an atopic illness the chances increase to 80%. The good thing about atopic eczema however though is there are a number of different things that you can do to reduce the frequency and severity of eczema flare ups. There are also some things that can be done to prevent your at risk baby who would have had atopic eczema from actually getting it as well (that is discussed in another place. )
When your baby has the atopic form of eczema there are standard treatments that can be used to bring him relief.
Allergy based eczema
Allergy based eczema is more of a challenge to calm down than atopic eczema. If you find that the basic treatments for atopic eczema are not bringing much relief to your baby, you will then need to begin looking for the other possible sources of his problem.
While you are discovering the source of his problem, you will also want to make sure that his skin is always moisturized. You never want to allow his skin to get dry. Dry skin is easily irritated and easily cracked or broken open, which creates a good environment for other problems to develop.
In searching for the solution for the problem your best bet is to begin keeping a journal of what the baby eats, as well as seek the help of an allergist to locate the source of a problem.
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Broyde McDonald is an experienced writer on the subject of Baby Eczema Treatments .