(HealthDay News) -- If baby's skin breaks out in an itchy, scaly
rash on the face, elbows, or on the backs of the knees, it may be
eczema, medically called atopic dermatitis.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to help keep
baby's eczema under control:
- Use an over-the-counter or prescription lotion or cream
recommended by the child's pediatrician.
- Bathe baby in a very mild, gentle soap.
- Limit baths to no more than three times per week.
- Use a mild laundry detergent.
- Make sure baby's clothes are soft and won't irritate the skin.
Avoid rough fabrics, such as wool.
- Avoid any foods recommended by the pediatrician if the doctor
suspects certain foods may be causing the eczema.
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