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Squelch Scratching

You can put anti-scratching mittens on a baby's hands to stop her from scratching. But that doesn't work well on toddlers.

To ease irritation, keep your child's fingernails cut short and filed with an emery board so they're not sharp. If you notice your child scratching more than usual, take her to the doctor, who can prescribe anti-itch medicine.

If your child is older than 2, you can use hydrocortisone cream to help with mild eczema. You can buy it over the counter or with a prescription and use it up to 7 days, or according to your doctor’s instructions. For kids under age 2, ask your doctor.

Antihistamines may also help control the itching. Ask your doctor about them.

Keep Clothing Loose

Tight clothes can trap sweat against your baby's skin, which can lead to rashes and itching. Dress your baby in layers of soft, loose-fitting, breathable cotton to keep her skin comfortable.

At night, though, it may help to swaddle your infant in a cotton blanket. Swaddling helps many babies sleep better.

Avoid Eczema Triggers

Fragrances. Products with fragrance can cause reactions. Use unscented products whenever possible.

Detergents. Ask your pediatric dermatologist to recommend a gentle, fragrance-free laundry detergent.

Rough fabrics. Consider your wardrobe, too -- change out of a wool sweater before cuddling your baby.

Saliva. Babies who drool when eating or sleeping can get rashes on their faces, because saliva can irritate sensitive skin. Put Vaseline on your baby's cheeks before mealtime or nap time to create a barrier between the saliva and skin.

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