If you’ve ever seen a baby with ultra-rosy cheeks, odds are it’s baby eczema. The National Eczema Association says this skin condition affects about 10 percent of all infants — and Luna Legend, daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, apparently is one of them. The little nugget (and lookalike of her musician daddy) was featured in a photo posted by her mom to Instagram on Tuesday with the telltale red circles on her cherubic cheeks.
Teigen, never one to mince words, captioned the image, “We miss you, papa!! Can’t wait for you to come home! (Yes she has rosy eczema cheeks, yes we are taking care of it, no it’s not a gluten allergy, no it’s not our makeup, no it’s not from our perfume, yes she’s just a baby).” Luna, who was born in April and is almost 7 months old, is sitting up in the photo wearing adorable pink onesie pajamas.
The model mom got advice from commenters, of course, because it’s social media and everyone has an opinion. “Desoximetasone cream! Worked like a charm when I was younger and still use it till this day!,” one wrote. “I use Aquaphor on my kiddos, I seen huge results in one night of use, I apply it to my girl’s eczema areas right after her bath,” another offered. A grandparent even suggested, “have you tried breast milk? You can soak a cotton ball and let her skin soak it. It helped my grandbaby.”
So what do the experts say? Yahoo Beauty asked dermatologist William Ting, MD, of California Dermatology Care for his input on this delicate topic. “Avoid [giving your baby] long, hot baths; keep it lukewarm and not much longer than 5 minutes if possible,” says Ting. “After, pat dry the skin with a towel. Parents should apply thick emollient immediately afterwards. Breastfeeding mothers of infants with eczema should consider minimizing [consumption of] fish and eggs to minimize hypersensitivity.”
Ting also advises keeping an eye out to make sure the condition isn’t getting worse. “Look for yellowish honey-colored scabs, as it may be sign of secondary staph infection,” he says. “If present, medical attention by your pediatrician or dermatologist may be warranted. Avoid using adult-strength cortisone for baby eczema, especially on the face.”
Cortisone cream, which is commonly prescribed for adult eczema, contains steroids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Topical corticosteroids are incredibly effective at reducing the annoying effects of eczema: itching, redness, and inflammation. But according to the National Eczema Association, they also can have minor and major side effects. Common ones include thinning, thickening, or darkening of skin.
More serious side effects can include glaucoma, cataracts, acne, and adrenal suppression. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like something you should be putting on a baby’s face! Of course, you can always go the natural route. Natural remedies for baby eczema, according to popular website Wellness Mama, include coconut oil (what can coconut oil not do?), fermented cod liver oil, magnesium baths, probiotics, and gelatin.
Got a cure for baby eczema? Let us (and Chrissy Teigen) know in the comments!