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Why does a baby get eczema?
Eczema affects children and adults alike. Up to 20 percent of babies suffer from this chronic inflammatory condition. In many cases, people contract this condition before the age of 5 years and in rare cases, babies get affected before they are one year old. Such cases of infantile or baby eczema normally persist well into childhood and even adolescence. Sometimes, a cure is absent even when the patient becomes an adult. The precise reason behind baby eczema is still unclear, but it is most likely due to environmental and genetic factors. Infants are at higher risk of developing this disease if a member of the family has a history of asthma, eczema, and hay fever. Although such conditions are not related to one another, infants are more likely to contract asthma or hay fever if they suffer from baby eczema in the first place. Eczema is an immune system disorder that deteriorates your skin barrier and compromises its ability to retain moisture. Although the condition is hardly persistent, it is normally marked by protracted symptom-free periods with the occasional flare-up. Different environmental factors prompt the body’s immune system to respond as if it has come in contact with a hazardous substance, leading to worsening eczema and inflammation. Such triggers include irritants and allergens such as: • Soy, peanuts, eggs, and other allergenic foods • Cigarette smoke • Clothing made using synthetic fibers or wool • Pet dander, dust mites, mold, or pollen • Skin infections • Emotional stress • Excessive dryness or heat • Sweating • Dry winter air • Perfume, air fresheners, and other scented substances, especially the ones with alcohol. Babies find it very painful and uncomfortable to live with eczema. So, if you notice the signs, consult a dermatologist immediately for the correct course of treatment. Home remedies may also offer good results but it’s best to speak to a specialist beforehand.
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