Some babies have more sensitive skin than others, which can result in the skin becoming sore, itchy or inflamed. Here, we look at how you can prevent this from happening.
Sensitive skin develops when the natural skin barrier becomes damaged, allowing moisture to escape from the skin. When the moisture escapes, the skin becomes dry which leaves it vulnerable to irritants. These irritants then inflame the skin, which can make it tender and itchy.
Environmental factors such as seasonal changes, central heating, air conditioning, too much washing and not careful enough drying can all dry out the skin, making it more delicate and prone to itchiness. Heavily perfumed soap, washing powders and some alcohol-based wipes can also cause problems.
Eczema is a skin condition that affects 10 percent of infants. The severity of the eczema can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy; with more severe eczema the skin can become broken, raw and infected.
There are many causes of eczema. Some children inherit a tendency to develop eczema (atopic eczema, which is often linked to hay fever and asthma), while some children develop it as a reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance.
Eczema can look unpleasant but it isn't contagious. If you have eczema in your family you should consult your doctor.
For more information on eczema visit the National Eczema Society