An itchy PROBLEM
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.