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Rash relief

Is there anything I can do to make eczema go away?

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Eczema is an allergic skin rash often triggered by substances in the baby's diet. Before you resort to using cortisone cream, try dietary changes: If your baby drinks formula, talk to your doctor about trying a soy or hypoallergenic brand. If you're breastfeeding, consider eliminating potential allergens from your diet--the most problematic are dairy, eggs, peanuts, wheat and citrus. In the meantime, fewer and shorter baths in lukewarm water can bring relief, as can using a "baby-friendly" laundry soap such as Dreft or Method and avoiding scented lotions and creams.

The unfortunate fact is that eczema can be a lifelong problem; still, most children outgrow the worst of it in the first year--especially if they're breastfed.
 

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From <i> Ask Dr. Jay</i> by Dr. Jay Gordon, February/March 2007

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