If your child or toddler has an itch, you are likely to notice the streaky red spots in which he or she has been scratching like crazy before telling you about it. Due to baby scratching head or skin, the area would possibly be red and raised. And it is hard to stop them simply because this is their natural instinct to scratch.

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The following are some possible reasons for the scratching or itching, and several ways to alleviate this problem.

Scratching all over

Allergy – washing powder, fabrics, plants, food

Allergy often happens when the immune system of your babies badly respond to a trigger, such as washing powder, fabric, pollen and food. In general, an allergic reaction could make your children to be swell up, sneeze as well as itchy, wheeze or get a runny nose.

When your baby gets scratching due to an allergy, it is possibly because it has caused a rash. As a result, his skin becomes aggravated, inflamed and red.

Since there are so many forms of allergy, the treatments are also different. If it is something just like the reaction to washing powder, you only need to change to other brand and calm his skin with calamine.

If you could not find out the reason easily, take your baby to a doctor for an allergy testing. However, if the face of your kid begins to swell, immediately take him to the hospital.

Dry skin

The skin of a child is more vulnerable to being dry than older people mainly because it is so delicate. In fact, both central heating and air conditioning could lead to this problem since they rob skin of the natural moisture. If the children often go swimming, then the chlorine in the water could also make their skin become dry. Therefore, you should take a bath simply because it would remove the natural oils of your baby.

The symptom of dry skin in a baby is similar to that in an adult, which is white patches of flaking skins, or sore and red sometimes.

To soothe the baby’s skin in this situation, you should reduce the time of making a bath. In addition, let her play before soaping up and do not use too much bath lotion. Although slippery bath oils is better to moisturize the skin of your baby with creams after bath, we do not recommend using it. In fact, using creams right after could help to lock the moisture in.

If your kid love swimming, be sure that the chlorine does not make his skin dry. Wash his body quickly and put on any moisturizer before going home.

Also be sure to keep your child well hydrated, especially during the winter by keeping him from the cold with scarves and gloves. While during the summer, you could help him to wick sweat away with cool cotton fabrics.

Prickly heat or heat rash

Prickly heat or heat rash often occurs when your kid sweats more often than normal. As a result, the sweat gland gets blocked and create itchy bump.

To avoid this problem, be sure that your kid is kept in hydrated and cool condition by wearing him fabrics material such as cotton, which would help to wick the sweat away.

Chickenpox

This is a common infectious illness that is passed on from a person to the other. In general, it would lead to a red rash or itchy spot that turns into fluid-filled blister. Calamine lotion is the most effective way to calm this problem.

Eczema

Eczema is often caused by hereditary, which often leads to patches of thick, rough, and red skin that blisters and cracks. To avoid this, you could use medicated bath oil or emollient to moisturize the skin of your child.

Scratching face or head

Dandruff

In general, dandruff is often caused by the overproduction of oil sebum and leads to flaky, yellow or white skin gathering in the falling off or parting the hairline. Specialist shampoos over the counter could solve this problem quickly.

Head lice

Nit and head lice are basically 2 different things. Nit is the egg, while head lice are the insects which live on the hair and head.

Head lice are often tiny, black, grey or dark brown and live close to your scalp. While nits have the size of the pinhead and are brown.

The scratching feeling will just disappear when nits and head lice go away. You could go for different types of shampoo from the pharmacist, but remember to be sure to check the head of your kid frequently.

Mumps

This is a common viral infection in kids, which results in a painful swelling under the ears, on the side of the face.

If you notice this problem in the baby, immediately see the GP. In general, treatment often revolves around some common relieving symptoms, including ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to take down the temperature and being sure your kid drinks a lot of fluids.

While most children recover from this illness just in one week, it could still be a really unpleasant disease.

Nancy D. Richardson

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