Our babies inherit many traits from us – our hair color, eye color, and height, to name just a few. Unfortunately, it isn’t just the positive traits that our babies inherit. If someone in our immediate family has sensitive skin or allergic tendencies, our babies can inherit those, too. Eczema is often the first sign that an infant shares these tendencies.
Baby eczema can appear as early as the second month of life. Symptoms may be so mild that they’re barely noticeable, or they may be extremely intense and itchy. Eczema can cause a range of symptoms in babies, including:
- A red rash
- Dry, itchy, scaly skin
- Small bumps that may weep or ooze fluid
- Thickened skin
- Changes to the skin around the eyes, ears, or mouth
Baby eczema is often most prominent on the scalp, forehead, and cheeks, although it may appear on other areas of the body as well. By around six to 12 months of age, a baby’s eczema may affect the elbows and knees, the parts of the body that often rub on the floor. Around age two, eczema may begin affecting the insides of the elbows and behind the knees as well as the hands, wrists, and ankles. This type of eczema may be drier, thicker, and scalier.
When a baby has eczema, it may not be a persistent condition but rather one with both symptom-free periods and flare-ups. In a person whose skin is prone to eczema, environmental factors can trigger an immune system response that results in inflammation and a worsening of eczema symptoms. An individual’s triggers may include:
- Cigarette smoke
- Pet dander
- Scented laundry or skincare products
- Excessive heat or dryness
- Skin infections
In babies, drool produced while teething can further irritate the sensitive skin on their chin, cheeks, and neck.
Eczema can be frustrating and uncomfortable, especially for babies’ delicate skin. While there is no cure for baby eczema, there are effective treatments that can relieve symptoms by addressing the source of the problem.
CLn BodyWash is a gentle cleanser designed by a physician and safe for babies who are at least six months of age. This proven product clinically helps clean away contaminants and microbes that can lead to irritation and skin infection. The patented formula contains active sodium hypochlorite, a substance used to clean food, to purify water, and now to cleanse the skin of harmful allergens and microbes to promote healing safely and effectively. Unlike lotions, which are left on the skin and may seal in eczema-triggering germs, CLn BodyWash washes these germs away, leaving the skin clean, soft, and less likely to develop further eczema symptoms.
When our babies have uncomfortable symptoms, we want to help them feel better as soon as possible. We can choose products that work at the source for faster and more effective – yet still gentle and safe – relief. Think Clinically Clean with CLn, the first step in fighting skin concerns. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We’re always happy to help.