Because reflux babies are under stress or frequently have food sensitivities they often have infant eczema as well.
What is infant eczema?
Infant eczema is a topical skin rash, most frequently showing up anytime after birth on the face, arms and legs but rarely in the diaper area. The rash can look like chapped, scaly skin or tiny red bumps that can blister or ooze, and are incredibly itchy. Eczema patches can be spread by scratching so it's important to keep scratching to a minimum.
Anyone with a family history of eczema or respiratory illnesses has an increased liklihood of also getting infant eczema.
What causes infant eczema?
Infant Eczema is a hypersensitivity of the skin to irritants in the body, whether they be diet-related, respiratory (as in the case of asthma, allergies or hay fever), or a reaction to topical irritants such as chemicals in lotions, synthetic fabrics, or perfumes in laundry detergents, soaps or lotions.
Food sensitivies such as common food triggers for reflux can certainly be responsible for infant eczema, although only about one third of all babies and children have diet-related infant eczema.
Other suspected causes are dust, dust mites, mold, pet dander or pollen. Once a baby develops infant eczema there are numerous triggers that cause recurrences such as sun exposure, heat, topical irritants and stress.
Treatments for infant eczemaDo:
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Are medications for infant eczema safe?
There is legitimate concern about medications marketed for eczema in babies. Dr. Greene's excellent website has information on infant eczema treatment warnings. We believe that only natural products should ever touch a baby. What is deemed safe today by the FDA may turn into tomorrow's recall once more testing is conducted.
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