Call 911 if your baby:
- Suddenly develops a rash along with symptoms such as difficulty breathing
When to Call 911
1 out of 10 infants and children have eczema, a dry itchy rash that comes and goes. It's not a dangerous condition, but it can be itchy and uncomfortable for baby and frustrating for parents.
Call Doctor If:
- Your baby develops a new rash.
- The rash looks infected, appears redder, or has a yellow crust or ooze.
- Home eczema treatments aren't helping.
1. Bathe Your Child
- Use lukewarm water. Hot water can make eczema worse.
- Rinse your child's skin twice to remove soap residue.
- Keep baths short since prolonged contact with water can be irritating.
- Put a gentle moisturizer on your baby's skin as soon as your child is out of the bath. Reapply several times a day or with every diaper change.
- Do not use any medications or medicated creams unless a doctor recommends it.
3. Dress Your Child in Comfortable Clothing
- Light, cotton fabrics may be most comfortable. Wash clothes before wearing.
- Avoid heavy, tight, or scratchy material such as wool, nylon, or synthetic fibers.
4. Prevent Irritation
- Try to keep your child from scratching. Keeping fingernails short may help.
- Avoid any known allergens.
- Avoid irritants such as perfumed soaps and detergents.
- Use cold compresses to relieve the itch.
- Don't let your baby get too hot or sweaty. Either can make eczema worse.
- Never give a baby an antihistamine without talking to a pediatrician first.
- Ask your pediatrician about medications to relieve itching and whether food or environmental allergens could be triggering the eczema.