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What To Do If Your Baby Is Prone To Eczema

Eczema is a dermatological skin condition. Symptoms can be mild and barely noticeable, or itchy and intense. Knowing the signs and symptoms of eczema, and how to treat it, is really important and can help put your mind at ease.

Your baby may be prone to eczema if your family has a history of the skin condition, but it can also appear without this family connection. Signs of eczema can be spotted quite early on, even when your child is as young as three months, but it is not uncommon for signs to appear later on in life. Eczema is generally found on the face in infants, but can also develop in the skin folds around the knees, wrists and elbows as they grow.

Symptoms of Eczema

  • Baby has very dry, sensitive skin
  • You see them constantly scratching at one or more parts of their body
  • Baby's skin is red and inflamed
  • Baby has a recurring rash
  • You notice scaly areas of skin on baby's body
  • You notice rough, leathery patches of skin on baby's body
  • Baby has sores that ooze or crust
  • Baby has some dark coloured patches of skin on the body

These uncomfortable symptoms affect baby's quality of life, disrupt their sleep, making them uncomfortable and increasing irritability. These side effects have an impact on the whole family unit as they are upsetting to deal with. To cope, parents need to know how to manage eczema flares. To reduce inflammation and itching, dermatologists and pediatricians generally prescribe steroid creams to be used once a day, preferably at night. Once eczema lesions heal and disappear from the skin, and the use of steroid cream has ceased, it is really important to use an emollient cream to soothe and moisturise the skin. Our trusted friends from the La Roche-Posay Dermatological Laboratory have created LIPIKAR Baume AP+, which helps eczema prone skin by decreasing the frequency of bouts of severe dryness:

  • 24 hour itch protection
  • 48 hour hydration
  • Reduces the frequency of eczema flare-ups
  • Intensely hydrates & reduces severe dryness
  • Anti-itching and anti-scratching efficacies
  • Non-sticky, non-greasy, allowing for quick-dressing

The 10 Golden Rules For Managing Eczema

  1. Adopt a gentle cleansing routine with products adapted to your child’s skin
  2. Gently dry the skin by patting without rubbing
  3. Avoid using facecloths, opt instead for the softness of your bare hand
  4. Apply a daily moisturising product
  5. Apply moisturiser using a downward motion, start with the face and work down the body
  6. When washing your child’s clothes, do not use fabric conditioner and rinse well
  7. Opt for clothes made from cotton rather than wool or synthetic materials
  8. Carefully monitor your child’s living environment, dust, pollen, animal fur and humidity are all factors that can trigger eczema
  9. Make sure that your child has a varied diet from the age of 6 months, introducing a new food every week
  10. Opt for a healthy diet free of preservatives, colourants or various additives


As eczema prone skin is especially dry, take extra care at bath time. Prolonged exposure to water can irritate the condition further. If you are concerned about eczema and your child's skin, make sure to book an appointment to chat with your GP.

This article is sponsored by La Roche-Posay, who are committed to a better life for sensitive skin and recommended by dermatologists. To learn more about babies’ skin and discover top tips for its care, visit laroche-posay.ie 


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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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Laraina Stevens
My son has severe eczema, we have tried many things to help. Then after I found foderma serum on google with good review and I ordered this serum just to see if it would help. Within days of using this, his hands are no longer bright red and inflamed. They are still patchy but I can’t believe how much better they look in such a short time.
29/11/2017 10:39:23

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