Due to extra skin sensitivity, you might notice more frequent rashes on your baby. Premature babies may be more prone to diaper rash. More rashes can develop when the skin comes into contact with irritants, such as clothing made from synthetic fibers. Persistent rashes may be attributed to eczema. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition marked by inflammation (swelling), redness, and extreme itchiness. In babies, these rashes tend to appear most on the:
For many babies, eczema is a short-term concern that they outgrow. Others with allergies might have eczema longer throughout childhood. Introducing solid foods too early to premature babies can increase these risks. Temporary forms of eczema, however, may be soothed with over-the-counter creams and ointments free of dyes and perfumes. You should also take extra care to bath your baby with lukewarm (not hot) water, and use cotton clothing and bedding only.