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    Does My Baby Have Eczema?

    What to Do About Itching

    Try to keep your baby from scratching her itchy skin. Scratching can make the rash worse, lead to an infection, and cause the irritated skin to get thicker and more leathery.

    Trim her nails often, and then take the edge off of them with a file if you can. Some parents also slip "scratch mittens" onto their little one's hands. Others try long socks, tucked in under a long-sleeved shirt, so they're harder for a baby to remove.

    Medicines

    Some over-the-counter products, such as hydrocortisone creams and ointments, target itching and inflammation. Check the instructions and don’t use them too long, or they can thin the skin in the affected area.

    There are also medicines that need a doctor’s prescription, if other treatments don’t work.

    When to Call a Doctor

    Make the call if your baby’s eczema doesn’t begin to get better within a week of starting over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams. It may be time for a prescription medicine.

    Also check with your doctor if you notice yellow or light brown crust or pus-filled blisters appear on top of the eczema. This could be the sign of a bacterial infection that needs antibiotics. 

    You should call your doctor if your baby is around anyone who has cold sores or genital herpes. Eczema can make your little one more likely to pick up those germs.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Debra Jaliman, MD on June 20, 2016
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