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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 and psoriasis are both common skin conditions that can easily be confused with each other.
The symptoms are similar and they can both appear in similar parts of the body.
The differences between these two conditions can be subtle.
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 skin condition that causes patches of skin to become dry, flaky, irritated and cracked.
It usually affects the front and back of knees and elbows, but it can occur on any part of the body.
Eczema tends to first occur in childhood and is a long-term skin condition that can cause discomfort, but some people find that they grow out of it as they get older.
Certain irritants and germs can cause symptoms of eczema to worsen, so it is essential that you keep your skin clean and hydrated.
There is no cure for eczema, but there are several steps you can take to help manage your skin:
- Moisturise your skin - use moisturisers, ointments or lotions that contain emollients to lock in moisture, prevent your skin from drying out and reducing the need to itch
- Avoid itching - itching the skin can cause germs to infect the skin, making symptoms worse
- Avoid long, hot showers/baths - hot water dries out the skin
- Use a soap substitute - harsh soaps can strip the skin of its natural moisture which can exacerbate symptoms of eczema
- Use an emollient bath oil - it will prevent your skin from drying out in bathing and can help to manage symptoms of eczema
If your eczema is severe speak to your doctor, who can prescribe a suitable treatment.
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.