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Baby eczema is characterized by patches of red, scaly, itchy skin. Occasionally the patches ooze and crust over. Baby eczema can occur when a baby is exposed to potentially irritating substances, such as bubble baths or rough fabrics. Baby eczema can also be a symptom of a food allergy.

Many babies outgrow eczema. To treat and prevent baby eczema, help your baby avoid extreme temperatures and anything that seems to bother his or her skin. Bathe your baby every second or third day, rather than daily, and dry your baby's skin with gentle pats. Use generous amounts of unscented moisturizing cream or ointment. Consult your baby's doctor if the rash is severe or doesn't improve.

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