Babies are known for having extremely soft and smooth skin. This may be lovely to stroke, but all that softness makes the skin extra sensitive and, as a result, most babies end up suffering from common skin conditions. Do you think that your infant is currently having some skin problems? Then read on to find out about the most common ones affecting youngsters and how you can treat them!
Eczema has to be the most common skin condition that affects babies and young children. The earliest you will notice it on your baby is from three months old, and it can appear anywhere on their body. It usually looks like a very dry rash and it can irritate the baby. As it is often very dry and flaky, it is hardly ever seen in the nappy area as there aren’t the right conditions for it to develop. Some babies are genetically prone to developing eczema, but there are some external factors that increase the risk as well, such as cold weather and strong soaps and washing powder. Switch to natural products, then the rash should go away after a short while. If it doesn’t clear up or it looks particularly angry, take your baby to see the doctor so that you can get some advice.
Psoriasis can sometimes look quite a bit like eczema, but you can often tell the difference by its location on the body. Eczema can occur anywhere, whereas psoriasis usually only develops on the elbows, scalp, and knees. If you think that your infant has this condition, you should apply one the best emollient for psoriasis so that the skin can get some moisture and nutrients. The most common type of psoriasis will turn your baby’s skin very dry, and it could even look quite scaly. However, there are some types of this condition that can cause lesions and sores on the skin. If you think that your baby is showing signs of this condition invest in some good-quality emollients and visit your doctor. Changing to natural products is always advisable
A baby’s skin isn’t able to fully regulate its heat. That is an ability that gradually develops as the baby starts to grow up. And while it can’t properly regulate its skin’s heat, the child is very likely to suffer from prickly heat. This is a heat rash that looks like small lumps and bumps that normally develops on the neck, bottom, back and face. Make sure that your baby never wears any tight clothing as this can increase the risk of the rash developing. If you do notice this rash on your baby, you should try and cool them down straight away. The rash should disappear after an hour or so. If it doesn’t, you will need to book an appointment with your doctor.
Have you noticed whether your child was ill before their rash developed? If this is the case, then it is very likely that their rash is chickenpox, especially if it looks like your child is covered in small blisters. Sadly, there is no treatment for chickenpox, so you just have to wait it out for a few days. Your baby will probably find that the rash is extremely itchy, which can be frustrating for them. When I was a youngster we were smothered in chamomile lotion to soothe the irritating itch! It’s important that they don’t scratch the rash if possible as this can make it much worse and cause it to spread.
Babies can also suffer from cradle cap, which is very easy to spot as it turns their scalp quite greasy and slightly yellow. The skin will also be very dry and flaky. Luckily this condition doesn’t cause any discomfort to the baby. If you do leave it to take care of itself it can disappear after a few weeks. It’s important to regularly wash your baby’s head and any hair while they have the condition. You should also make sure that any hats or caps they wear are very loose on their head.
Remember, if you aren’t entirely sure what is wrong with your baby’s skin, it’s always best to take them to the doctor.