Q My five-month-old baby has eczema on his face and scalp. He often scratches his face and body, especially at night. We’ve seen our GP and tried different creams, but nothing seems to help. Do you have any other ideas?
A Paediatrician Dr Scott Dunlop says: Eczema is very common in children. Symptoms are caused by chronically dry skin and recurrent inflammation. Treatment is directed at moisturising the skin and using antiinflammatory (steroid) creams. This means applying moisturising cream a number of times each day to affected areas, dressing your child in breathable cotton clothing, not bathing too regularly, and using soap-free washes/oils in the bath. Dry skin is often itchy, so managing that itch with a non-sedating antihistamine can be helpful, especially for scratching that disturbs sleep.