Baby's red patches: identifying the rash
Red patches on babies with itching
Is your baby's skin dry to the point of flaking or crusting? On top of that, your baby's red patches are very itchy and oozing? Your baby is probably suffering from eczema-prone skin.
To take care of eczema-prone skin, a paediatrician or dermatologist might refer you to corticosteroid-based creams. Alongside these, emollient creams help to soothe your baby's irritated skin and improve the effectiveness of other care products.
Eau Thermale Avène has formulated the Xeracalm A.D range of emollient skincare products to restore the skin's hydrolipidic film and, therefore, its barrier function and to soothe itching, caused by skin dryness. Here are some suggestions for restoring your little one’s skin flora and not damaging the skin's hydrolipidic film:
Wash your baby with the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil, free from soap and fragrances and with warm water between 32°C and 34°C
After dabbing your baby dry with a towel, gently apply the emollient XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cream, to your baby's skin or, alternatively, the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm if your baby has very dry skin.
Redness in skin folds
- Remove a layer of clothing from your baby when it’s hot.
- Change your baby’s nappy very regularly
- After changing their nappy or bathing them, dry their skin folds with a towel.
Soothe and repair the irritated skin:
Red patches and spots on your baby's bottom
If the red patches are located on your baby's bottom and genitals, it’s most likely nappy rash.
The rash is usually accompanied by small red spots, which can sometimes bleed. This rash occurs when your baby's bottom is left in a wet nappy for too long or when teething.
A doctor may prescribe hydrocortisone or another cream, which you can supplement with an anti-irritation cream, such as Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream. You can use Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray for its soothing properties after every nappy change.
Also, change your newborn's nappy more regularly and leave his or her little bottom free from a nappy for around ten minutes several times a day.