One more that you might not have heard? It might also be the best medicine for infant eczema. There is evidence that breastfed babies may be less likely to develop eczema than babies fed formula. What's more, thanks to breast milk's antimicrobial properties, it may also help with eczema. It's free, so it's worth a shot: Just rub a few drops onto the rash regularly for a few days when you're breastfeeding and watch for a reduction in the telltale symptoms.
No one really knows what causes a tendency to eczema. It's an immune system reaction that can be triggered by certain soaps, creams, allergies and detergents, and may be aggravated by stress, heat and sweat.
Heredity is a big factor in whether or not an infant gets eczema. If mum or dad have eczema, their baby is a lot more likely to develop it, too. If both parents have eczema, the likelihood that their infant will have it too is about 50%.
Infant eczema can be easily confused with cradle cap, another red, scaly rash of infancy. Cradle cap generally clears up by eight months, and usually appears on the scalp, sides of the nose, eyelids, eyebrows and behind the ears.
In most cases these patches are wiped out naturally, in other cases you must practice a prescribed by doctor. 10 to 15 percent of babies are affected by or infantile eczema.