Preventing Eczema On Toddler's Face

If you live in cold, dry climates, you may have come to expect a certain redness or dryness of your toddler's skin. But sometimes, these small rashes, or patches of dry skin could be more than just a temporary condition. It could be eczema.

Eczema is a skin infection, which looks like rashes, boils or itchy, dry skin. It is a common occurrence among children and until it's proved otherwise, eczema is commonly believed to be a food allergy. It is a common occurrence among children and until it's proved otherwise, eczema is commonly believed to be a food allergy. Usually the eczema is distributed through the face, predominantly the cheeks, neck, elbow fronts, behind the ears, hands, ankles, and back of the knees.

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The neck area might seem dirty. This is the result of increased pigmentation. If eczema occurs during toddlerhood, it is quite likely that this will disappear as the child grows older. Generally among toddlers and children, it is the face that is usually affected.

Causes of Toddler Eczema

With toddlers it is hard to pinpoint the exact cause of eczema. But the common problem areas include:

  • Food: More often than not among babies, this is a food allergy. Commonly, food items which lead to allergic reactions include cow's milk, eggs, wheat, nuts and fish. It is of course, also likely that the toddler has developed an allergy to another food item. The easiest way to determine that is to keep a record of the toddler's diet and if you notice any rash or redness of the skin, go back to the diary and check what the child had eaten.
  • Allergens: These, as the name indicates, are typical allergy reactions. In other words, most often people tend to have one or more allergic reactions to these things.
  • Some common allergens are pet fur, pollen, dust-mites and heavy scented detergents like washing powder. Even if the eczema is a result of a food allergy, keeping your toddler away from the above mentioned items is advisable as these could sometimes aggravate the problem.
  • Clothing material: If your toddler has dry scaly skin or even has a rash , then certain clothing materials could cause further damage, wool being one of them. Other materials include polyester, leather, and linen.

    The ideal clothing material is, of course, cotton, which is why most kids' clothes are made of that material.
  • Heredity: If one or both the parents have suffered from eczema in their childhood then there is an 80 percent chance that the toddler will have it. But as mentioned above, usually, eczema disappears with age and your toddler should have rash free skin by the age of six.

Preventing Toddler Eczema

In the meanwhile some measures you can use to prevent or keep the eczema in check are:

  • If you have a humidifier, use it as it will prevent your toddler's face from going dry. If your baby has eczema, a humidifier increases moisture in the face thus reducing the urge to itch and scratch.
  • If you have access to the gel from an aloe plant, use it. The gel when applied on the inflamed skin will cause relief. Although be careful not to let the gel go into your baby's eye
  • When bathing, use bath oil and avoid soap, as it makes the skin dry. Also, give your baby a bath in warm water, not hot as heat increases itchiness.
  • If your toddler has eczema, you might consider slipping cotton mittens over their hands while they are asleep so they don't scratch it at night. During the day, your best hope is to distract the child from scratching.
  • The idea is to keep your toddler's skin moist and prevent dryness. So you could keep your baby's moisturizing cream in the fridge and use it just before bedtime. Also, to be safe, ensure that your toddler's nails are always short and clean.
  • If you take the precautions it should only be a matter of time before your toddler is eczema-free.

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