Food Allergy in the Breastfed Infant

Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, MD, PhD


May 13, 2014

Treating Mild Eczema in Breastfeeding Infants

In an infant with mild eczema, it is reasonable to prescribe a skin-moisturizing regimen with daily soaking baths, with sparing use of mild soap, followed by application of a moisturizer with petroleum jelly to seal the skin, and oral antihistamines to control itch and mild topical steroids for eczema patches. If the eczema does not respond to such a regimen, referral to a specialist may be warranted. A significant elimination diet can compromise the well-being of the mother and infant and should not be implemented without a proper diagnosis of food allergy.


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