The red, scaly and dry patch of skin that you find on the chest, on elbows, on thighs. The signature tell-tale sign of eczema.
You can imagine how I felt when I saw that on my child’s cheeks, neck-folds and chest.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, affects around 1 in 5 babies and children. It is a chronic dry and itchy skin condition that prompts the baby or child to scratch, which usually further irritate the skin and aggravate the condition. It is frustrating to cope with eczema especially in the humid weather of Singapore, as heat and humidity exacerbates the problem.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for eczema but it can be controlled. The key is to keep the skin cool and to moisturise frequently. Moisturising prevents the skin from getting dry and helps to reduce the stretched and itchy feeling. A good skin care and bath routine will also help. Take short baths with warm water. Water that is too cold or too hot can irritate the skin. Soapy baths or bubble baths can also dry the skin. So try to opt for a baby wash that are unscented, chemical free and moisturising. If you use a wash cloth, make sure it is not rough. After the bath, pat dry rather than rub. Apply moisturising lotion or cream immediately while the skin is still moist and fresh to prevent the skin from drying up. It is also good practice to moisturise regularly and frequently. For clothing, dress your baby/child in clothes that are breezy and airy; nothing too tight as they will rub against and irritate the skin.
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