All the time, but especially when our child is experiencing an eczema flare up, we desperately hope these flare ups will be a thing of the past, and sooner rather than later. In most cases eczema will not completely go away, however the severity and frequency of  eczema flare ups may improve as they get older. Eczema can be diagnosed at any age but studies show that it is most common in children under five years old.

How is eczema different in babies, compared to older children?

Eczema usually first appears at three months old with flare ups on the face, chin, scalp and forehead in infants. The location of eczema flare ups on the body can change between six to twelve months because this is the time your little one is learning to crawl. The most common flare ups appear on the elbows and knees as it is easier for your child to scratch or rub these areas while they are crawling. It is important to look out for infection from the eczema flare up, which can form a yellow crust or small pus bumps on the skin. Infection is common with eczema because the skin is open from scratching and bacteria can easily invade the skin’s surface.

Around the age of two, you might start to see eczema flare ups on the creases behind the knees and elbows, the wrists, hands and ankles. Sometimes the skin around the mouth is affected and this can sometimes be linked to teething.

At what age do eczema symptoms improve?

There is a very good chance that eczema will improve as your child gets older and eventually grows out of it, however there may be the occasional bout of eczema which we need to be prepared for. There is no exact age at which your child’s eczema will become substantially less severe and manageable but generally many children will have grown out of their eczema by the time they start school. By the time high school starts, most children will only be affected by eczema flare ups very occasionally. It is important to keep in mind that people with a history of eczema are more likely to have dry skin even as an adult, and should maintain a lifestyle to keep their skin moisturised and hydrated at all times.  

What can I do to treat my child’s eczema until it gets better?

Giving your child a daily bath to keep their skin hydrated and clean from irritants is an important part of lessening the number of eczema flare ups. Immediately after the bath apply a moisturiser to help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier which stops hydration escaping the skin and triggers getting in. Maintaining a skincare routine is essential for eczema management.

This blog post was brought to you and your family with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x

Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only and you should always consult your medical professional.

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