Pediatric eczema

by Dr Khadijatou Aboulmaali M. Sid Ahmed on October 25, 2018

What do you know about eczema?

  • Eczema is a skin condition that makes your skin itchy and flaky.
  • Doctors do not know what causes it.
  • Eczema often happens in people who have allergies.
  • It can also run in families.
  • Another term for eczema is “atopic dermatitis.”

What are the symptoms of eczema?

  • Intense itching
  • Redness
  • Small bumps
  • Skin that flakes off or forms scales

In most children with mild or brief constipation, the problem usually gets better with some simple changes. Have your child

  • In babies, a rash often appears on the face and scalp.
  • In younger children, a rash often appears in the folds of the elbows and knees.
  • In teens and young adults, a rash often appears on the hands and feet.

Is there a test for eczema?

No, there is no test. But doctors can tell if you have eczema it by looking at your skin and by asking you questions.

What can I do to reduce my symptoms?

  • Use unscented thick moisturizing creams and ointments to keep the skin from getting too dry.
  • Try to avoid things that can make eczema worse, such as:
    • Having dry skin that has not been treated with moisturizing creams or ointments
    • Being too hot or sweating too much
    • Being in very dry air
    • Stress or worry
    • Sudden temperature changes
    • Harsh soaps or cleaning products
    • Perfumes
    • Wool or synthetic fabrics (like polyester)
    • Harsh soaps or cleaning products

How is eczema treated?

  • There are treatments that can relieve the symptoms of eczema, however, it cannot be cured.
  • About half of children with eczema grow out of it by the time they become adults.
  • The treatments for eczema include:
    • Moisturizing creams or ointments
    • Steroid creams and ointments
    • Medicines that change the way the immune system works– These medicines are only for people who do not get better with safer treatment options.
    • Antihistamine pills to relieve itching and help the child with sleep.

Can eczema be prevented?

Maybe babies who have a parent, brother, or sister with eczema have a higher risk of getting it, too. In these babies, using moisturizing creams or ointments (starting right after birth) might help prevent eczema during the first year.

If you think your child is having trouble with eczema and not sure what to do, consult a pediatrician for advice and treatment.

If you would like to talk, feel free to reach out to us. An LifeWorks therapist would be able to help.

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