Eczema in Babies: What’s Normal and How to Manage It

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition characterised by dry, red, itchy patches that commonly occurs behind the knees, and on the arms, hands, neck and face. Eczema varies in severity. It is not contagious – your baby can’t give it to another person and they can’t catch it from someone. Skin sensitivities, allergies, family history of eczema, and asthma or hay fever are contributing causes.

If your baby has eczema, you can help manage the condition by:

  • Using plenty of moisturiser on their skin.
  • Eliminating products that irritate their skin, like soap and those with perfumes.
  • Keeping the skin clean.
  • Making sure they aren’t getting too hot or too cold.

Visit your doctor if your baby’s condition doesn’t improve with treatment, or if it worsens or becomes infected. They may be able to prescribe topical steroid treatment to help and can give further advice.