If you’ve come down with a case of eczema of course you’d wonder if your baby is at risk for getting it as well. There’s good news and bad news on this one, and the good news is you can’t spread it to your baby like a virus.
The bad news is that they may be more prone to coming down with a case of it if you yourself experience it occasionally. Luckily there are proven methods for dealing with it once it does occur, and since it’s not contagious the symptoms will typically go away without the need for medication. There’s currently no cure for the condition itself, but it is possible for the symptoms to get less severe over time.
If you’re breastfeeding or expecting and are experiencing eczema symptoms, you don’t have to worry about your baby catching it from your breast milk, or it interfering with your child’s development before birth. If they inherit it it won’t be because you experienced a flare up during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It’s best not to take any medications to treat it at this time, as those can effect your child.
Can I Give My Baby Eczema? Answer: Yes and No
Eczema is not contagious, so you don’t have to worry about passing it along to your baby if you’re experiencing an outbreak. However, genetically speaking if you’re known to have eczema from time to time you may have passed on this same trait to your baby.
What Causes Eczema?
No one is sure of the exact cause of eczema, which makes it one of those peculiar problems that just pops up now and again. There are a few triggers that doctors have narrowed down, including stressful emotions, allergic reactions to irritants, and dry skin.
Doing Your Best To Avoid an Outbreak in Baby
If you have the suspicion that your child may be susceptible to getting eczema, it’s a good idea to keep their environment free of possible irritants, and to take special care when washing and drying them so that you limit the possibility. Of course even with the perfect care your little one might still have an outbreak, at which point you’ll have to switch modes from prevention to treatment and then back to prevention again.
Treating Eczema for You Both
There are some steps that most everyone can agree on when it comes to treating eczema in babies, as well as your own. We’ll cover both here briefly so you’ll know what to do in both instances. All natural remedies are best when you’ve got a newborn that’s breast feeding. WebMD recommends using a mild soap, taking shorter warm showers, and reducing the amount of stress in your life to take away that potential trigger.
Baby Center says that with baby you want to make sure that their skin can breath, and that you’re using soaps that are gentle and don’t contain a fragrance. They also recommend using a moisturizer, but you’ll want to make sure that you’re using one that doesn’t have a bunch of additives and chemicals in it. Choose an organic moisturizer, or something that’s all natural, like shea butter.
You’re Not Alone
Eczema is a pretty common, with about one in five adults having it at any one time, and roughly the same number of babies getting it at least once during their first year. It’s not due to anything you’re doing wrong as a parent, and it’s not something that you could have prevented 100%, even when doing everything right. What’s important is that you have a good understanding of what it is, and how to treat it so that if your baby ever does show the signs, you’ll know what to do.
It’s also a good idea to have your child checked out by a doctor rather than trying to diagnose and treat a case of eczema on your own. Babies have all sorts of rashes and skin troubles early on, and you don’t want to assume it’s eczema, even if it looks like it and they’re itching like crazy. Your doctor can accurately diagnose it and then break down the right treatment methods.