Eczema

Baby’s face with eczema

Eczema, is a highly itchy, common inflammatory skin condition characterised by red or brownish, dry, cracked and scaly skin, which is especially itchy at night. In babies, eczema usually appears on the face, the scalp, and outer surfaces of the limbs.


Why does my baby have eczema?

The exact causes of eczema are not really known, but in many cases, your baby may suffer from eczema due to a food allergy, e.g. Cows’ Milk Allergy (CMA). Many babies who develop eczema early on in infancy are allergic to one or more allergy-causing substances. If there is a family history of allergic conditions, such as asthma or hay fever, your baby may be more likely to develop eczema.

 

Baby eczema is one of the most common symptoms of CMA


Could it be Cows' Milk Allergy?

Babies with CMA usually experience more than just one symptom and these symptoms can be very different from one another.

If you think that your baby has eczema, it may be CMA. You may have even noticed other symptoms (besides eczema), which may affect other parts of your baby’s body.


For a simple and easy way to check common symptoms associated with CMA, you can use our symptom checklist.




This will allow you to select all the symptoms that your baby may have that can be cow’s milk-related. You can then discuss these with your doctor.


In any case, if you have any doubts or concerns about your baby’s health, you should always seek advice from a medical professional as soon as possible.

OTHER SYMPTOMS OF COWS' MILK PROTEIN ALLERGY

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is the best form of nutrition for babies and provides many benefits to babies and mothers. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice about feeding your baby. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use infant formula, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.