4 Effective Steps To Prevent Eczema In Toddlers

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Your baby’s soft and supple skin is probably the best thing to your sense of touch. As a mother, you care for your baby right from the time you conceive and protect your baby from all possible harm.

Unfortunately, even after all the caring and protection, there are uninvited problems that always show up in your child. One such common problem in toddlers is eczema. This post aims at educating you better about fighting eczema in toddlers.

What Is Eczema In Toddlers?

This is a skin condition that often shows up right in the first few months after birth.

  • It makes the skin red, patchy and extremely dry and crust-like.
  • It can make your toddler’s skin itchy and rough too.
  • It generally appears within 5 years of age.

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What Causes Eczema In Toddlers?

Here is a look at the following causes behind this condition:

  • If your toddler’s body makes very few ceramides. These are fatty cells that work as a barrier on the skin and are responsible for locking in moisture and keeping it supple.
  • Lack of ceramides causes your toddler’s skin to dry up.
  • It can also be due to hereditary reasons.
  • Many a times, ceramides have defect in them which also end up causing eczema.

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Eczema Symptoms In toddlers :

Knowing symptoms always helps you fight a problem at the earliest. Here are some of the symptoms that will help you verify eczema in your toddler:

  • It appears like a skin rash.
  • It mostly shows up on scalp and cheeks.
  • It may even spread onto the joints of arms, legs and other body parts like chest.
  • On toddlers it generally shows on the insides of elbows and other places like back of knees, ankles and wrists.

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The good news is that in most cases, eczema outgrows its itchiness on its own. This happens before your toddler reaches his or her school-going age.

However, there are certain steps you can follow to prevent eczema from occurring in the first place:

  1. Bathe your toddler with lukewarm water every day.
  2. Never use very warm water because it ends up drying the skin.
  3. Always use a mild or preferably non-soap cleanser to bathe your toddler.
  4. Never let your toddler sit inside a tub full of soapy water for too long.
  5. Never rub your toddler’s body, always pat dry.
  6. As soon as your pat him dry, use generous amount of moisturizer and apply all over his body.
  7. Ointments should be preferred over lotions as they help locking in more moisture for longer hours.
  8. Always dress your toddler in light and smooth fabrics.
  9. Avoid scratchy cloth materials as they add to eczema problem.
  10. Prevent your toddler from scratching himself as it aggravates eczema.
  11. Use mittens to cover his hands and prevent scratching while sleeping.
  12. Always use very soft sheets for your toddler’s bed or crib.
  13. If allergy is the cause behind your toddler’s eczema, consult a good allergist and arrest the problem at the earliest.
  14. Avoid rapid environmental and temperature changes. When you suddenly take your baby from a very hot place to a cool one, or vice versa, it adds on to the problem.

The real reason behind the occurrence of toddler eczema is not very clear. However, eczema is believed to be inherited in most cases. Often, eczema is also mistaken to be a kind of allergy or allergic reaction. The truth is that eczema is not an allergy but it can be triggered by irritants or allergens.

Take care of your toddler’s skin and you would solve half the problem of eczema. Hydrate and ventilate your toddler’s skin well at all times.

We hope this post helped you understand eczema in toddler better. Please share your feedback in the comments box below.

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