Skin trou­bles

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Real Advice -

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.

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