Baby eczema: Doctor's advice on diet, treatment

Dr Soh Jian Yi

magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

A mother has come to see me about her five-month-old baby.

“My baby gets these red areas on his skin and he scratches.”

She is concerned about the possibility of food allergies arising in the future. Although most babies with eczema do not have food allergy, this is a common question and many babies are brought in by their parents to check if they have such allergies.

The key point of interest for me was that the baby’s skin was not the usual dry or rough type that is seen in most infants, or older children and adults with eczema. 

There were some small areas of redness and almost no dry skin.

These “red rashes” were flat and did not look like hives, which are the usual rashes expected in a typical food allergy reaction.

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