We believe all babies deserve the best protection for their skin. Dermatitis is a skin condition that happens in one in five babies. So how does this skin condition develop in infants? This allergic reaction causes dry, itchy cracked skin and at times can ooze fluid and even bleed. Having dermatitis means the skin barriers are not working properly which causes the skin to dry. It also means that the skin is more prone to allergens that enter the skin easier which can worsen the condition known as contact dermatitis.


Dermatitis mostly touches babies and children and can carry on to adulthood. Usually, children with atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, go into permanent remission when they get older, even though their skin continues to remain dry and irritated. This type of dermatitis is caused by chemicals that irritate the skin such as bases, fat-dissolving solvents, and acids. Contact dermatitis is another form where there is inflammation of the skin that is triggered by contact with an irritating or allergic substance. If there is a history of any type of allergies, it makes them more prone to developing dermatitis. Irritation dermatitis is the most common form of dermatitis that involves irritation from having contact with alkaline substances that include detergents, soaps, body washes, solvents, and other substances, and acids.


The allergic reaction to clothing is triggered by chemical additives tanning agents, dyes, and glues that are used when processing the material different from the material itself. Clothing or material that has been tainted with grease, pitch, coal tar, creosote, and oils can trigger an allergic reaction like acne. This skin allergy can be acute or chronic or maybe even both. Dermatitis also touches other parts of the body like the face, legs, groin, and creases in the arms.  The hands and feet are more prone to developing chronic dermatitis. Even though dermatitis is not a deadly condition, it is painful and uncomfortable. Elements that can irritate the skin include waxes, chemicals, and cleaners. These substances wear down the protective layer of the skin which leads to contact dermatitis. 


Dermatitis cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with the right treatment. Contact dermatitis causes itching and rashes in the skin. The itching is very harsh, but the rashes vary from minor to harsh swelling and blistering. The rashes only develop where there has been contacting with the material. Treatment for dermatitis varies and depends on the severity. If your baby or child has a few red itchy areas, your doctor might advise you to use some cream or lotion combined with steroid cream. Keeping your child’s skin moisturized and free from irritants can help prevent outbreaks and will also prevent their skin from drying up.

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