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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. Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA). 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 CMPA


Could it be Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy?

Babies with CMPA 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 could be CMPA. 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 CMPA, you can use our symptom checker.




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.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Mothers should be encouraged to continue breastfeeding even when their babies have cow’s milk protein allergy. This usually requires qualified dietary counseling to completely exclude all sources of cow’s milk protein from the mothers’ diet. If a decision to use a special formula intended for infants is taken, it is important to follow the instructions on the label. Unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution can make babies ill. Incorrect storage, handling, preparation and feeding can eventually lead to adverse effects on the health of babies. Formula for special medical purposes intended for infants must be used under medical supervision.