PSORIASIS IN BABIES: SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT

by exzma Admin June 23, 2020 3 min read

Psoriasis is a chronic auto-immune skin condition in which the skin cells abruptly build upon the dermis. This leads the dermis to become scaly, itchy and even dry. Inflammation and redness around these patches are the common signs. A typical rash or patch in psoriasis appears whitish-silver which is dry and itchy. As time passes by, the itching intensifies thereby making the patches crack and bleed. People of all ages are prone to psoriasis, even babies. However, psoriasis in babies is uncommon as only a handful of babies catch them.

Treating and identifying psoriasis in adults is easy compared to identifying them in babies. Psoriasis in babies is hard to identify as they appear to be a lot more similar to other skin conditions that babies are most likely to get. The favourite places in your baby's body for psoriasis patches are:

  • scalp 
  • face
  • elbows
  • diaper area
  • neck and 
  • knees

Parents should always be vigilant and if you see your baby developing rashes then it's better to visit your paediatrician to avoid further confusion. After a close observation, the doctor will be able to tell what the little munchkin is having. According to The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance, babies who develop napkin psoriasis do not appear to have a risk to develop the same in their childhood or adulthood. The most common places for babies to develop psoriasis are the folds of the diaper area and their scalp. The symptoms are usually non-scaly, red rashes around the groin area. They also develop scaly lesions in the scalp which is similar to cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis. 

SYMPTOMS OF PSORIASIS IN BABIES:

  • The common symptoms of psoriasis in babies include the following:
  • Patches of skin that are raised because if bumps and patches that are often red with whitish-silver scales
  • Cracked and dry dermis that can bleed because of intense itching and scratching. 
  • Soreness or burning sensation in and around the patches
  • Parts of skin that scattered with red patches.

When the symptoms are active your baby will develop rashes which are itchy and appear to be red. After some days or even weeks, the 'flaring' eventually reduces and it appears to not appear for weeks or even months. Hence, the trickiest part of a skin condition is not being able to predict the cycle of when the flaring up will increase or decrease both in adults and babies.

TREATMENT FOR PSORIASIS IN BABIES:

Compared to adults, we have to be a lot more careful while treating babies with psoriasis as their skin is extremely sensitive. Before trying any home remedies or anything it's better to consult your child's paediatrician. Here are a few treatments which you can try to get rid of psoriasis in your baby partially:

  • Treating with topical: Topical treatment is the most suggested treatment both for adults and babies. Topical treatment includes: ointments, lotions, creams and solutions. These topicals will reduce the flaring and also provide great relief to the skin by soothing it. The challenge is to choose the right product that suits your baby’s skin type.
  • Lifestyle changes: As a new parent, it's natural for you to be in a dilemma on what topical you should choose for your little one. However, using any more creams or lotions is putting you on the spot and hence you sort for different treatments along with one's you're following. Make some lifestyle changes for the baby like putting on cotton clothes which are soft on your baby's skin. Keeping your baby's skin hydrated and moisturized all the time. Keeping the home temperature mild and a little cold so that your baby doesn't sweat. Making sure that your baby doesn't scratch the patches.
  • Exzma(Babies and Kids) Eczema and Psoriasis Relief Balm: Choose natural relief eczema cream for kidswhich contains no alcohol, steroids or any harmful chemical which makes this a perfect solution for soothing your baby's sensitive skin. The all-natural ingredients present in our products focus on soothing, nourishing, moisturizing and cooling the annoying itchiness and inflammation.  

With these few simple ways,

you can keep the psoriasis of your baby under check.