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Nearly one in 10 babies experience eczema, or atopic dermatitis, during their first year of life. While this skin condition can seem alarming and cause a lot of discomfort for your baby, there are a lot of myths about eczema that simply aren't true — these are six of the most common ones:
According to the National Eczema Society, eczema is not an allergic reaction, but rather a "non-contagious, inflammatory dry skin condition" that can be caused by any number of internal or environmental factors. It's not just caused by stress.
Although eczema is fairly common in infants and toddlers, it's not contagious. This means that eczema isn't spread through human contact or surfaces.
Actually, many experts say bathing your child regularly in lukewarm water can actually help soothe eczema. You can also dry them off and apply moisturiser directly after bath time to help maintain skin moisture. However, you should avoid strong soaps or bath products with fragrances or additives.
While some topical steroids aren't recommended for children, there are some low-potency steroids available that are completely safe for your baby's skin. However, always consult your child's paediatrician before trying any eczema treatment methods.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says many infants and toddlers see decreases in flare ups by the time they reach kindergarten. Unfortunately, there's no way to predict if your child's eczema will clear up with time or not, so it's best to just treat it as best as you can to minimize your child’s discomfort.
Baby eczema can be difficult for new parents, but it's not impossible to manage. By educating yourself and following your doctor's recommendations, you and your baby should be just fine.
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