Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a prevalent, rash-like, itchy skin condition that children often develop by the age of five. Simply put, eczema is a condition that causes a person’s skin to become red and itchy. It may start as a simple rash, but the skin becomes inflamed and even redder when scratched. Eczema can show symptoms anywhere on the body. Although there is no known cure for eczema, early diagnosis, lifestyle changes and treatment can significantly reduce symptoms. Read on for more information about causes, symptoms and treatment of eczema in children.

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA?

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggests eczema may result from the “leakiness” of the skin barrier, leading to the skin drying out, making it more prone to irritation and inflammation. Factors that can contribute to the development of eczema in children include:

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ECZEMA FOUND IN CHILDREN?

Yes, there are different types of eczema found in children. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types below:

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ECZEMA?

The symptoms in a child vary by age. In infants younger than one year old, the eczema rash usually appears on their cheeks, forehead or scalp. It also can sometimes spread to the knees, elbows and trunk. Older children and teens typically experience the rash in the bends of the elbows and knees, on the neck or the wrists and ankles. Older children’s skin is scalier and drier than an infant’s, making the rash thicker, darker or scarred from possible scratching.

Symptoms include:

IS THERE TREATMENT FOR ECZEMA?

Although there is no cure for eczema, there are ways to help prevent it. Some of the prevention tactics for children include:

Your child can also benefit from treatment and medications, such as:

CHILD ECZEMA | DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH, PLLC

Eczema can be a frustrating condition to live with. As a parent, you want the best for your child, so it may be difficult to watch them experience this discomfort.

The Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC, wants to do everything possible to help you understand what is causing your eczema and provide the best possible treatment.

Resources:

Environmental Risk Factors and Their Role in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis

What To Know About Eczema in Children?

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Atopic Dermatitis: Self-Care

Can Eczema Be Cured?

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