Baby Face Eczema: How to Help Your Little One with A Baby Facial Rash

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Baby face eczema is a chronic skin condition that periodically becomes inflamed and leads to patches of red, irritated skin that feel dry and itchy.

Keep reading to learn about baby eczema triggers, as well as some treatments and clothing that can heal baby facial rashes.

How Does Baby Face Eczema Differ from Traditional Face Eczema?

Eczema develops because the body is not producing enough fatty cells, which stops the body from maintaining water and natural oils.  This means that the skin dries out to an extreme point, which creates the itching sensation.

Typically, baby eczema occurs on the cheeks or on joints such as knees or elbows.

What is Causing My Child’s Eczema Flare-ups?

Eczema can be antagonized by anything from diet to sweating too much. Children’s skin is especially sensitive, which makes combatting eczema difficult, especially when you cannot explain to them what is happening.

In pre-walking ages, the eczema is often made worse by the crawling or scooting motions most babies use to get around. As children grow older and develop better motor skills, they begin to scratch their itches, which may make things worse. Also because most adolescents are tactile explorers, it is possible to develop eczema on the hands.

Yet the most persistent form of child eczema is facial eczema. It is most common on the cheeks, but can also occur on the scalp, nose, eyelids, eyebrows, and ears.

So How Do I Heal a Baby Face Rash?

  1. Work to Eliminate Environmental Triggers

Baby face eczema can be simply a result of environmental triggers combined with sensitive skin, so first work to eliminate those possibilities.

Any chemicals or cloth that touches the skin can be an irritant, so be sure to check:

  •        Linens: This includes pillowcases, sheets, towels, even tablecloths and placemats.
  •        Baby Clothing: Don’t forget to check all clothes, including hats, bibs, and even mittens.
  •        Parent/Adult clothing: Anybody who the child may be held by on a regular basis.
  •        Bath Time Products: Shampoo, facewash, bodywash, bubble bath, bath bombs.
  •        Household cleaners: Laundry detergent, carpet cleaners, facewipes
  •        Miscellaneous: Makeup, pet dander, dust buildup

The best way to check if a specific substance is the cause is to isolate each item and remove it from the child’s daily routine before reincorporating it. If there is an eczema flare up after the specific component is reintroduced, that is more than likely the cause.

  1. Adjust Diet as Needed

Eczema can be linked to food allergies or sensitivities, so if there are no environmental triggers, diet may be a factor. Although it is more likely for diet to play a role in adult eczema, it is not an impossibility for childhood eczema.

Remember that little ones have a tendency to get food on their face, so it is prudent to avoid any acidic foods that can irritate skin. This includes citrus fruits (like oranges and tangerines), tomatoes, and pineapples. Processed foods and sugars also are common irritants.

To learn more about food allergies, as well as determining allergen triggers, we suggest reading our blog post: Have Success with Our Eczema Elimination Diet which highlights a foolproof process of pinpointing food allergies that might be causing flareups.

  1. Wait it Out

Some childhood eczema is genetic. With this type of eczema, environmental components and diet can antagonize the condition, but it will likely remain no matter what efforts are made.

Oftentimes these children will have eczema that lasts well past the traditional childhood eczema cutoff age of around five or six.

Because eczema is a chronic condition, it is possible that it will disappear or fade and flare up naturally.

It is still important to monitor environmental components and general health even when children are not actively in the middle of a flare up, so if one occurs, it is possible to pinpoint a trigger.

What Do I Do if the Eczema Doesn’t Go Away?

As a parent, it can be frustrating or even scary seeing a little one suffering from eczema. So what should parents do about a baby cheek rash after they have tried every treatment and followed every piece of advice?


Symptom management simply means that you work with your child to reduce their discomfort. Take away that itchy, dry feeling, even if the eczema will not go away entirely.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The biggest, and likely easiest, way to combat eczema for children, is to help them moisturize where they often get eczema flareups. Remember that being in water for too long actually dries out the skin, so limit baths to about 15 minutes maximum.

Use soap that is unscented and made with natural ingredients, there are even some designed specifically for those who suffer from eczema. There are also special shampoos and conditioners.

After the bath, pat the skin dry and apply a skin soothing cream. Creams with manuka honey are especially helpful, but the most important thing to look for is the “child safe” label.

Stop the Scratching

The best way to keep kids from scratching is to cover up the areas that they tend to itch, as well as their hands. Products such as sleeves or mittens can keep little hands covered. If you have a little Houdini on your hands who can escape hand coverings, it is especially important to keep fingernails clipped and filed to prevent children from scratching open skin.

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember about childhood eczema is that it is something incredibly normal. Many children across the world deal with eczema on their bodies and face, and if it isn’t bothering your little one, there is no need to worry.

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