An itchy PROB­LEM

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

Q My six-month-old baby has eczema and of­ten scratches his face and body, es­pe­cially at night. We’ve tried many creams but none seem to help. What can we do?

A Pae­di­a­tri­cian Scott Dun­lop says: Eczema is com­mon in chil­dren. The symp­toms are caused by dry skin and re­cur­rent in­flam­ma­tion, but the un­der­ly­ing causes are not fully known. Treat­ment in­volves keep­ing the skin moist: ap­ply mois­tur­is­ing cream sev­eral times a day, choose breath­able cot­ton cloth­ing, don’t bathe your child too of­ten and use soap-free bath washes or oils. Keep on try­ing out the many dif­fer­ent mois­tur­is­ing creams avail­able to see which ones work best. Man­age flare-ups with steroid creams un­der the guid­ance of your pae­di­a­tri­cian or GP. A graded ap­proach is pre­ferred, start­ing with low steroid strength and in­creas­ing as re­quired.

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