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Can babies get eczema?
During your baby’s first few months, you may notice crusty or flaky patches on their skin which could be eczema.
If it is indeed eczema, babies with light skin will have patches of red skin and darker-skinned babies will have purple, brown or greyish patches of skin.
The patches of skin will be dry, rough and itchy, typically appearing on the cheeks and the joints of their arms and legs.
Eczema can affect just about any part of your baby’s body.
What is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?
Eczema causes red, inflamed skin that is usually extremely itchy.
Psoriasis usually causes well-defined patches of redness and the skin is thicker and more inflamed than with eczema, with more of a burning sensation than just an itch.
Eczema usually appears on parts of the body that bend, like the inner elbow, behind the knees, wrists, ankles or on your neck.
Psoriasis often shows up on the palms of your hands, your elbows, knees, scalp, face, lower back or on the soles of the feet.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a condition which causes patches or wider areas of dry, itchy, irritated skin.
It’s really common, especially in children, so you probably know a few people who have eczema if you don’t have it yourself.
Eczema is a chronic condition, which means that it’s a long-term thing that won’t just go away overnight and will sometimes get better or worse.
There are many different types of eczema, but the most common type is atopic eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis.
Where do people get eczema?
How do I know if I have eczema or psoriasis?
Having dry skin does not necessarily mean that you have eczema.
If dry skin appears in the same place regularly then you could have eczema.
Symptoms of eczema include:
- Dry skin
- Cracked skin
Psoriasis is also a skin condition that will appear in similar places on a regular basis.
There is a number of symptoms that will potentially show when suffering from psoriasis. These include:
- Redness on the skin
- White or silvery scales on red patches of skin
- Soreness around patches of skin
- Thick nails
- Painful and/or swollen joints
Are any eczema and psoriasis treatments suitable for children?
Eczema is common in children, although they often grow out of it as they grow older.
This is why many parents look for eczema treatments that are suitable for their child’s delicate skin.
Brands like QV, Aveeno, Child’s Farm, and Oilatum have skincare ranges that are suitable for children and babies with sensitive skin, including moisturisers, emollients, bath additives, soaps, and body washes.