Monday, May 25, 2009

Is It Baby Acne Eczema

You’re a new mother and you’ve moved away from your own mom. You can’t afford to call her every time your little one gets a fever or a rash but... this one is really worrying you. Baby has always had dry skin but now he has a red and irritated rash on his face. Could it be baby acne eczema and should you start worrying?

Baby acne is more common diseases than you may realise and it is both harmless and short-lived, often clearing up quickly and without eczema treatment. Eczema, on the other hand, whilst just as common is far more frustrating for both parent and child. You need to be able to establish the difference between baby acne eczema and a common heat rash, for example.

You also need to know the difference between baby acne eczema and an allergic reaction to a particular food and you can’t keep running to the doctor. If your baby is prone to dry skin that is easily irritated and if allergies run in your family, then it is likely that your baby’s rash could be baby acne eczema and you’re going to need to learn a little about baby eczema care.

What Does Baby Acne Eczema Look Like?

Aside from that red, raised rash on his face, your baby will probably have patches of rough, dry skin scattered around his body. Some of these dry, scaly areas will flare up and become more irritated. Baby acne eczema usually shows up in skin creases: inside the elbows, on the back of the knees, in the folds of the neck and even on the wrists and hands and feet. Interestingly, though, baby acne eczema does not affect those areas coverd by baby’s diaper so you can at least rest assured that any rash in that region is bound to be nappy rash and not baby acne eczema.

In the case of more serious baby acne eczema flare-ups, you may notice that the irritated areas in skin creases are raised and red and sometimes even slightly oozing. Whilst these itchy rashes usually begin in early infancy, they can occur at any stage up to 5 years old. The correct baby eczema care procedures usually result in the control of baby acne eczema. The condition will go away if treated correctly but, since it cannot be cured, it can and probably will flare up again at times. So with the knowledge you can easily appreciate that your baby will get better and it is not the end of the world.

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