Eczema is seen in different variations and different places on the body depending on age. Here’s what you might expect to see on your baby or child.
Babies (Under 2 Years Old)
- Eczema is usually noticed soon after birth. Dry skin starts early and often involves the whole body, although the diaper area is usually spared.
- Dry, scaly patches in no particular shape are one of the first things you’ll notice. The earliest patches are seen in the creases of the body, with redness and sometimes oozing. Over the following few weeks, dry, red patches are usually seen on the cheeks, the forehead and scalp, and the lower legs. Don’t panic if you see patches elsewhere – they can be anywhere on the body.
- LEARN MORE about the signs and symptoms of eczema.
Children (Over 2 Years Old)
- Dry, flaky, and rough skin can appear on many different parts of the body.
- Skin can become leathery (tough and textured) during childhood eczema, and is seen mostly over skin folds, at joints, and on the forehead.
- Paleness on the face, scaling around the eyes, and increased folds below the eyes are common.
- Creases in the body, especially the region of the arm in front of the elbow and the region of the leg behind the knee, are frequently affected by dry patches.
- If your child experiences oozing, crusting, or a yellowish to light-brown crust or pus-filled blisters over existing patches of eczema, talk to your doctor.