Eczema IS MOST COM­MON IN THOSE un­der TWO YEARS OF AGE WITH ONE IN FIVE IN­FANTS AF­FECTED.

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Medical Mum -

ECZEMA

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.

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