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What Does Contact Dermatitis Look on a Baby? The Shocking Facts about It!

Has your baby grown fussy over the days because of a certain redness blooming on their skin? Has parenting gotten a little more complicated now too? Your baby may be experiencing discomfort because of Contact Dermatitis. Nevertheless, how can we say for sure?

What does Contact Dermatitis look on a baby? Is what you see truly looks like contact dermatitis? You may have heard a lot about other skin disorders but Contact Dermatitis could be new to you. Perhaps this piqued your curiosity or that you are afraid that your baby may have it.

However, before we make any assumptions and proceed to take any action, we must know enough to be able to determine whether your baby is experiencing contact dermatitis or not. This way, we will know exactly what to expect or do to be ready at times, such as this. Therefore, in this article, you and I will be able to explore the shocking facts we have here for Contact Dermatitis. Let us find out!


What is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact Dermatitis is the result of a skin reaction when exposed to a particular substance. You can consider it as an allergic response. The other name for it is eczema, and it comes in the form of an itchy and red rash that may resemble a diaper rash. If the problem goes on, the skin becomes more inflamed and irritated as it may spread further.

What are the causes of Contact Dermatitis?

Even though it might not seem like it, but Contact Dermatitis is actually very common, and you can acquire it when you have sensitive skin and encountered substances that may be too harsh for the skin. The common irritants and triggers for contact dermatitis are:

  • Poison Ivy
  • Hair dyes with strong chemical
  • Citrus fruits
  • Latex Rubbers
  • Nickles
  • Leather or its tanning chemicals
  • Medications that have ingredients that your skin does not agree with
  • Detergents
  • Fragrances in baby lotions
  • Perfumes
  • soaps
  • Strong shampoos
  • Cosmetics
  • Urine in diapers causing diaper rashes

What are the symptoms of Contact Dermatitis on a baby?

To know whether your baby is experiencing contact dermatitis, you can take note of these physical changes:

  • Sensitive to the sun
  • A very itchy patch of skin that your baby might touch or scratch now and then

  • Skin redness
  • Flaking, dry skin
  • The patch that looks darkened
  • Swelling that can be noticed in the eyes, face or groin areas of your baby
  • Open sores

What can I do to treat Contact Dermatitis?

To be able to treat Contact Dermatitis on your baby, your child’s health professional will consider treatment based on these factors:

  • The age of your baby, overall health status, and medical history

  • How far the inflammation has gone

  • Expectations throughout the whole intervention
  • Your opinion or preferences for your baby
  • Your baby’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

The doctor can also prescribe creams or oral medication for your baby to be able to relieve the itching and have the affected skin to heal over time!

However, before you can consult your pediatrician, there are ways you can treat your baby at home. The best way you can do to prevent and treat your baby’s contact dermatitis is simply to know what caused it. It could be because of the soap you recently used on them or the diaper that did not seem to be gentle on your baby’s skin! However, other than that, you can do the following activities to your baby:

  • Make sure to wash your baby’s skin thoroughly with gentle soap free of fragrances as soon as you notice contact dermatitis.
  • You must wash clothes and objects that touched poison-ivies or oaks right away to prevent it from causing more irritation.
  • To relieve your baby’s inflammation and to soothe it, I recommend using cold and wet compresses over it.
  • Creams such as corticosteroids may help reduce the inflammation.
  • You can give your baby oral antihistamines under the advice from your pediatrician.
  • For very complicated activities, always remember to ask your baby’s doctor.

Here is a short video on what you can do if your baby has eczema or contact dermatitis!


Seeing that Contact Dermatitis can seem quite alarming, it is a non-threatening disease and is treatable with the help of a pediatrician or a dermatologist. Now you know what contact dermatitis looks like. You can treat it at home as well by avoiding the cause of the allergy and the practice of having to use products with lesser chemicals or artificial ingredients. You and your baby would not have to worry then!

Sarah Palmer

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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