Eczema IS MOST COMMON IN THOSE under TWO YEARS OF AGE WITH ONE IN FIVE INFANTS AFFECTED.
What is it? The skin of people with this condition, also known as atopic dermatitis, doesn’t retain moisture as well as the skin of those who don’t have eczema. Between 10 and 20 per cent of the Australian population experience eczema, and it is most common in those under two years of age, with one in five babies and infants affected by the characteristic itchy red rash and dry skin.
Associate Professor Gayle Fischer from the Australasian College of Dermatologists says the rash generally appears on the face and can spread to the arms and legs. If left untreated, it can be very uncomfortable and turn into sores.
What causes it? Although the causes of eczema are not fully understood, we do know that genetic factors can increase the chance of having it.
Treatment: “If used correctly, topical corticosteroids are very safe to use,” says Gayle. Dressing bub in cotton clothes, keeping her cool and avoiding sandpits and carpet with fibres will aid her recovery. Gayle also suggests using simple products on your baby that won’t change her natural pH level.