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Baby Skin Concerns: Contact Dermatitis

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Baby Skin Concerns: Contact Dermatitis

We are so Excited to launch our interviews with Dr. Eyal Levit. 
After an influx of questions concerning skin related issues we decided to go to the experts. Dr. Levit graciously agreed to talk about the top concerning skin problems occurring in babies. 

During the month of November we will be posting new videos throughout the with Dr. Levit as he explains each skin concern and puts our worries to rest. 

Today he is talking about  Contact Dermatitis.

 

What Is Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction from contact with certain substances. The substances may be:

  • Irritants. These cause direct irritation and inflammation of the skin. They are the most common cause of contact dermatitis. 
  • Allergens. These cause the body's immune system to have an allergic reaction. The body releases defense chemicals that cause skin symptoms. Allergens are a less common cause of contact dermatitis.  

 

What Can Cause Contact Dermatitis

Common irritants that can cause contact dermatitis include:

  • Soaps and detergents
  • Spit (saliva)
  • Urine in a diaper
  • Lotions and perfumes
  • And those hypoallergenic baby wipes, yup those are culprits of contact dermatitis as well

 

What Are Symptoms Of Contact Dermatitis

Symptoms can occur differently in each child. The skin may be:

  • Painful
  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Itchy
  • Dry, cracked, peeling
  • Bleeding
  • Oozing, draining, crusting
  • Blistering

Symptoms are usually worse where the substance came in contact with the skin. . If your child has atopic dermatitis (eczema), he or she is at increased risk for contact dermatitis.  Make sure your child sees his or her healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

 

What Can I do To Treat Or Ease Contact Dermatitis

Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.

Treatment may include:

  • Washing your child’s skin with soap and water as soon as possible after contact. Make sure to wash all areas, including the face, neck, hands, and in between the fingers.
  • Using wet, cold cloths (compresses) on the skin. This is to help lessen symptoms and relieve inflammation.
  • Using wet dressings for oozing areas. They may help decrease itching and improve healing. Ask your child's healthcare provider or nurse for instructions. 
  • Putting corticosteroid cream or ointment on the skin. This may help to lessen itching and other symptoms. The cream or ointment may be over the counter or prescription.

You can help prevent contact dermatitis in your child by making sure he or she avoids any substances that caused the problem in the past.

 

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