There some people who thought of infection as eczema symptoms because of the two’s similarity with how they look. Those are two, though, are totally opposite things. However, there is such a thing as baby eczema infection instead, and that is precisely what we are going to talk about today.
Imagine this. Your child was diagnosed with baby eczema. While you don’t understand where he or she got it from and why you managed to deal with it.
You follow religiously all the things that your doctor advised you to do. In fact, you put your baby’s eczema management plan in almost every area of your home so you won’t forget all the reminders and stuff.
You try your best to follow every single item in the management plan to ensure your baby is spared from flare-ups, or even worse, baby eczema infection.
You thought everything is done according to plan. But unfortunately, one day, you woke up with your baby crying non-stop. It was too early you couldn’t keep your eyes open. You initially thought your baby is just hungry. You were too sleepy to even think of flare-ups at the wee hours of the morning.
You fed him or her, but, the crying still goes on. You then thought, maybe the diaper is full, and needs to be changed. So, you grabbed one and changed his or her nappy. But to no avail, he or she continued crying. It’s too much already that it awakens your senses.
You turned all the lights on, and to your surprise, your baby has flare-ups. All the more, you see some unusual things about this. Your baby seems to be really not okay, and so you decided to immediately bring your baby to the nearest hospital – turned out, he or she is nearing to get a baby eczema infection.
The worst thing that could ever happen. The worst words a parent of a child with eczema could ever hear. You suddenly feel like it’s a nightmare. Well, you tried convincing yourself that it is just a nightmare, but no, it’s not.
We think it is safe to say that a lot of parents whose children have eczema could relate to this. Well, any parent, in particular, would not want to see their kids especially babies go through such an ordeal. But the reality is, it’s there and all you have to do is deal with it, and do the best that you can to manage and treat it.
Please, do not panic. There are ways to keep your baby calm, to make him or her feels better from all these.
Baby eczema or eczema, after all, may not be curable, but it may disappear especially when it develops among children. Otherwise, there are ways to manage and treat their symptoms.
Anyway, going back to the scenario, baby eczema infection is definitely a big no-no among eczema patients. With that said, today, we are going to share to you some information and ways on how to manage baby eczema infection properly to help ensure that it won’t get worse, instead, it heals.
But before that, first thing first. Let’s educate ourselves again about this skin condition.
ALL ABOUT ECZEMA
As the National Eczema Association describes it, eczema is “a variety of conditions that cause red, itchy, and inflamed skin”. It comes in many forms, which include atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, and seborrheic dermatitis or also known as “cradle cap”. Atopic and seborrheic dermatitis are two of the most common type of eczema that develops on babies and children.
Eczema among children is prevalent. In fact, statistics show that there are more than 30 million people in the United States who are affected by this skin condition. No doubt why there is an emerging number of eczema-related products in the market today.
Eczema may develop in babies as early as the first few months of their lives. Although generally, eczema is not curable or treatable, most children outgrow this skin condition by the time they reach 10 years old. However, there are cases where it reappears into adulthood.
Causes of Eczema
Although there is no concrete information about what causes eczema, some experts say that the combination of genes of a child may have to do with it. Meaning to say, if one of his or her parents have had eczema before or has a family history of eczema, the child is indeed likely to develop eczema as well. Yes, eczema can be inherited from parents.
Now, apart from it, there are also a few environmental factors that may cause eczema flare-ups. One example is being exposed to allergens or irritants.
Symptoms of Eczema
Generally, eczema flare-ups may appear in any parts of a baby’s or an eczema patient’s body. But among babies, the symptoms of eczema may particularly appear on the face specifically the cheek is the neck, as well as the chin.
Now, with regards to the symptoms of baby eczema, you have to watch out any of the following:
- dry skin
- dark patches of skin
- red or inflamed patches
- rough or scaly skin
- crusty or oozing skin
- areas of swollen skin
But when it comes to baby eczema infection, it’s a totally different story, which we will be sharing with you in a little while.
Baby Eczema Remedies and Treatments
Unfortunately, eczema, in general, is not curable or treatable, but the symptoms are. With that said, here are some ways to help you manage your baby’s eczema condition:
- Take a bath using lukewarm water.
People with eczema are not advised to take a bath using too hot or too cold water as either may cause the skin to dry resulting in a flare-up or when there’s flare-up already, may cause it to worsen the condition of the skin.
- Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the skin.
After bathing, make sure to not rub the skin with your towel as it may aggravate the skin. Instead, pat dry with all gentleness.
- Use hypoallergenic and fragrance-free body soap, and laundry detergents too!
Body soaps and laundry detergents may have chemicals that may irritate or worsen eczema flare-up. So, make sure to always use gentle, mild, hypoallergenic, and fragrance-free body soap and laundry detergents. Good for you, there is a lot of that kind of product in the market today. Too many to choose from, in fact. But in case you are unsure which one is best to use on your baby, you may always consult it with your baby’s attending physician.
- At all times, keep your baby’s skin moisturized.
Believe it or not, moisturizer is every eczema patient’s best friend. One of the main causes of eczema flare-up is dry skin. The dryer your skin gets, the more the skin gets prone to flare-ups. So, always make sure to use a moisturizer at least two to three times daily. In particular, it is important to note, you must apply moisturizing cream or lotion immediately after bathing – ideally within the first three to five minutes to ensure that moisture is locked in the skin.
- Use comfortable, loose clothing.
When dressing up your baby, make sure to use comfortable, loose clothing made of cotton fabric. Avoid clothing that uses wool or polyester materials as they are harmful to the skin of an eczema patient.
- Keep your baby away from allergens and irritants.
One of the common causes of eczema flare-up is an allergic reaction. So, if your kid is diagnosed with allergies, make sure to always keep him or her away from allergens. Some commonly known allergens include cow’s milk, peanuts, wheat, egg, and even soy. Non-food allergens include pollens, dust, molds, fragrances, and more. As with irritants, it also may cause eczema flare-up to worsen.
- Avoid hot places or keeping under the sun.
Heat is one of the most well-known culprits of flare-ups. It does not help to keep your baby under the heat of the sun or staying at a hot place as it may cause sweating too, which is another factor that may lead or worsen eczema flare-up
Now, in cases when remedies are not working, take it as your cue to immediately see your baby’s doctor so he or she can further check your baby’s skin condition. Sometimes, medical treatments are necessary to ease out flare-ups, all the ore is there is or there is a threat of baby eczema infection.
BABY ECZEMA INFECTION
Now, speaking of baby eczema infection, let us know to proceed to what we are here for today.
Unfortunately, there are instances when eczema may become infected. Usually, it happens when a bacteria or a virus gets into open wounds or blisters where the eczema rashes are.
It is vital that parents or caregivers of babies with eczema know what baby eczema infection is, its signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options available. This way further worsening of the situation may be avoided.
With that said, let’s proceed to this important information about baby eczema infection.
Baby Eczema Infection: Causes
Baby eczema infection may be caused by different kinds of bacteria, fungi or viruses. Some of the common culprits of eczema infection are the following:
- Staphylococcus aureus (Staph infection)
Staphylococcus aureus or staph infection is a form of bacteria that is found on the skin of almost all people with eczema conditions. In fact, even about 20% of non-eczema, healthy people also have it on their skin.
Staphylococcus aureus usually increases when the skin is broken or weeping, thus making eczema patients more prone to it. In the case of a staph infection, what happens is, eczema spreads rapidly, which makes it more difficult to heal.
- Fungal infections like ringworm (tinea)
Now, there are different types of fungal infections. But the most common of all especially when it comes to eczema infection is ringworm. Ringworm is usually found all over the body, and it usually appears as what the experts call as isolated patches. Ringworm infection may also appear in between toes, which is commonly known as athlete’s foot.
While generally, fungal infection is very common among people, it just more likely to develop in people with eczema conditions.
- Herpes simplex virus
Eczema herpeticum refers to the secondary infection of the skin that is triggered by the herpes simplex virus among people with eczema. Of all the infection, this type is probably the most dangerous one because if it is not properly diagnosed, and addressed or treated with antiviral therapy, it may cause blindness or even death to an eczema patient.
Generally speaking, eczema may get infected when the patient has an open sore, and apparently, open sores happen when a person scratches off his or her skin. Thus, in the case of babies and children, it highly recommended to put mittens on to help prevent them from scratching their eczema rashes.
Baby Eczema Infection: Symptoms
When it comes to recognizing a baby eczema infection, it should be easy as they usually look more inflamed compared to a regular eczema flare-up. But apart from that, a child who has infected eczema may also experience below symptoms:
- burning sensation
- extreme itching
- fluid drainage
- white or yellow pus
In cases where there is a progressive eczema infection, the patient may experience more severe symptoms like the following:
Should you notice any of this in your baby, please do not think twice. Immediately bring your child to his or her doctor for immediate medical intervention that will help treat the infection.
Baby Eczema Infection: Complications
Experts highly recommend that suspected infected eczema should go through a thorough examination by a doctor the soonest time possible. That way any complications may be prevented efficiently and immediately.
Now, infection in itself is a complication of eczema. However, the infection can also produce its very own issues and problems, which include the following:
- Persistent Eczema Flare-up
- Increased Itchiness
- More Blisters
- Resistance to Topical Steroids (usually occurs because of prolonged use)
- Growth Problem (this arise to children who use steroids to treat eczema)
If not taken immediate action, baby eczema infection or eczema infection as a whole may result in more dangerous complications like:
- Blood Infection is commonly known as Sepsis (this happens when a serious staph infection is left untreated)
- Blindness (as we mentioned earlier)
- Death (the worst of all; usually happens to untreated herpes simplex virus)
With all that’s been said, we hope you become more aware and more careful, at the same time more quick to act. If you suspect your kid is having a baby eczema infection, no more dilly-dallying, immediate go to the doctor and have him or her checked. Better be sure than sorry, right?
Baby Eczema Infection: Remedies and Treatments
Fortunately, there are various remedies and treatments available when it comes to dealing with eczema infection.
Some of the common remedies include:
- Using essential oils like evening primrose and tea tree
- Using natural soaps and creams with emollients
- Probiotics at the same time, taking antibiotics
- Taking Oatmeal baths, which help soothe and dry the eczema
As with treatments, it varies depending on the type of infection and the severity of the condition. Normally, if the cause is a virus, physicians may prescribe an antiviral medication. But in the case of bacterial infection, you may be advised to either take an oral antibiotic or topical ones.
For mild cases of infection, doctors recommend using creams. In some cases when there are swelling and redness, doctors may prescribe steroid creams.
If the cause of the infection is fungal, antifungal creams and medications may be prescribed by doctors. In the same way, the use of a steroid cream may also be considered.
Just a gentle but very important reminder though, never self-medicate. Always consult with an expert, your attending physician to avoid further issues and problems.
Baby Eczema Infection: Prevention
As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. While there are ways to help cure eczema infection, it is always best to prevent it. So, the question now is, how?
The answer is simple, by reducing or managing and avoiding things and situations that may lead to eczema flare-ups. Remember, no flare-ups means no chances of getting the infection. This is possible as simple as keeping the skin clean and moisturized. You may also ask for eczema management from your doctor to be more guided especially if this is your first time dealing with eczema.
One thing we realized is that baby eczema infection can be avoided, but in instances that you have no control of, there are ways to help you treat it. But one this is sure, in all this, you have to be responsible. If you are a parent or a guardian of a child with eczema, you better do your part to ensure you keep a healthy, eczema flare-up, free baby.
Also, the immediacy of your action is vital in situations such as this. The earlier the infection is diagnosed, the better. So, with that said, always be mindful and always check your baby’s skin. If your instinct tells you something is not normal, believe and follow it. Again, better be quick and sure than sorry.