When you have a questions about anything that means being a mother, you’ll ask your girlfriends who know how to be a mother and who done all of that. Oh, need to say that we really trust and love our pediatricians and usually do consulting them, but sometimes we’re embarrassed to ask questions or to “waste” their precious time with things that don’t involve projectile vomiting or stitching a head wound. Plus there’s the fact that some kid problems are more than just physical – they’re kind of emotional, and that’s always hard to talk about, sometimes even with your friends.
And today I decided to write about eczema and that is why:
– first, because it’s such a common that you can’t go to a preschool without finding five or six kids who suffer from it;
– second, because this skin condition is one of the most misunderstood and frustrating, it often remains undiagnosed and inadequately treated;
– and third, I beg you to consult your doctor to see if there’s any relief for your little one that you aren’t providing simply, because you don’t fully understand eczema.
So, let’s see how to find out if your child’s rash is really eczema, and how to treat the skin condition if it is? Let’s find out what exactly eczema is…
Eczema – is a dry, red, scaly rash that typically appears behind the knees, inside elbows, and on the cheeks and neck – is increasing among young kids. And it only gets worse in the winter.
There is a solution to this problem – First, make sure it’s really eczema. But if there’s no family history and your child has never had it before, consult your pediatrician, because it could be another rash or skin condition. If it is eczema, the best thing you can do is keep the skin moisturized. You will need to apply a mild, fragrance-free cream or mineral oil throughout the day and especially after baths, while the skin of your baby is still damp.
There is so much information out there about eczema and sometimes this information is confusing and misleading. One person tells you to rub your child’s rash with petroleum jelly, someone else tells you petroleum products are dangerous, someone else tells you to teach your 2-year-old to give up baths and take only showers, while others tell you the condition comes from not keeping your little darling clean enough. You can be just lost in all those advices! So, the main advice for today is – go to see your pediatrician!
3 the most important things you need to know about eczema :
- Eczema is 100% not contagious. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
- A child with eczema may have or be predisposed to asthma and/or allergies.
- Doctors sometimes may refer to your child’s eczema as “atopic dermatitis.” Don’t worry about the exact meaning. Some parents prefer this daintier and more clinical term, but a rash is a rash, whatever you call it.
Answer yes/no to these few questions to look for find signs that what your sweet baby has isn’t just any old rash:
- Does the rash itch? (It may be driving you and your child nuts!)
- Is the rash red, scaly, dry, or cracked?
- In babies and toddlers, does the rash commonly appear on the face and on the trunk, but rarely in the diaper area?
- Did you first notice the rash on your child at a very young age?
- Do eczema, hay fever, or asthma run in your family?
Do these signs sound familiar to you and you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, then chances are your pediatrician will diagnose eczema. But please, go see your doctor or dermatologist and have them make a diagnosis! Don’t diagnose it yourself. Talk to your pediatrician about treatment options for your child.