Eczema is a genetic condition and is not contagious. You cannot catch eczema simply by coming into contact with a person who has it. However, it is able to spread to other body parts on the same person. People with eczema are more prone to infections because defects in the skin barrier could allow germs in.
Since eczema is genetic, the chances of your baby getting it too is higher. According to a study in the November 2011 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, 60% of eczema cases appear within the baby’s first year. However, reducing the chances of your baby having it is possible, by using moisturizers. A study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology concludes that daily use of moisturizer can in fact decrease a child’s likelihood of developing eczema.