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July 10, 2021
All we every want to do for our little ones is what’s best for them, so when skin problems arise is can cause us to panic!
Learning & figuring out what works best for you and your little one is all part of the process, and with some clear and concise information we hope to help you along that journey.
In this blog post we will outline some of the common skin issues that can affect infants and how you can treat it.
Infants can develop several skin issues soon after entering the world, with three of the most common being: Eczema, Nappy Rash and Cradle Cap.
Eczema and dermatitis are a general term used to describe several conditions causing the skin to become dry, itchy, and irritated. Eczema is an extremely common skin condition that can start from infancy, with over 80% of children developing it before the age of 6.
While eczema remains to be a very common skin condition, there is no solid cure or reason as to why eczema begins, with each person having varying degrees of eczema and different triggers.
Eczema can appear as red, dry skin, which can sometimes weep, become blistered, crusted and thickened. Although atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in infants and children.
Eczema in infants can flare up from time to time, from being completely unnoticeable to very red and irritated. Monitor your daily routine and see can you eliminate triggers for your baby.
Nappy rash is one of the most common skin issues affecting infants. Nappy rash can present itself as slight redness and irritation to a breakout of blisters and pimples. Nappy rash can be caused by several things, and combination of things such as warmth, moisture and friction in the baby’s nappy.
Most nappy rashes can be treated by simply applying a thin layer of cream to create a barrier at each nappy change to protect the baby’s skin.
Cradle cap is the name given to seborrhoeic dermatitis that affects the scalp in babies and young children. Cradle cap appears as yellowish, greasy scaly patches. It is a very common, harmless condition that does not usually itch or cause any discomfort to the baby.
Cradle cap is seen most commonly in babies during their first three months and tends to last a few weeks or months. The cause of cradle cap is not clear, although it may be linked to overactive sebaceous glands, which are glands in the skin that produce an oily substance called sebum.
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