Eczema in Children

Most children will develop some type of rash at one time or another, but some children’s skin is extra sensitive and may develop a rash that is a nuisance. Eczema is known as Atopic Dermatitis. The word “atopic” describes conditions that occur when someone is overly sensitive to allergens in their environment such as pollens, molds, dust, animal dander, and certain foods. “Dermatitis” means that the skin is inflamed, or red and sore.

There are many over the counter drugs, lotions, and heavy creams that claim to cure eczema. While mild cases of eczema may be improved by these over the counter items, severe eczema can actually be made worse by using these. Children are born with delicate skin that is often more sensitive to dyes and perfumes than adults’ skin. But children with eczema are very sensitive to even the mildest ingredients used in over the counter creams.

Dermatologists are experts in treating the skin.  They understand the needs of children’s sensitive skin and can offer advice and treatment options for dealing with and healing eczema. One of the first things you can do as a parent of a child with eczema is to encourage your child not to scratch the irritated skin area. Scratching the skin can make the rash worse and can eventually lead to an infection. Parents often rely on their child’s pediatrician to treat his/her eczema, but your child will receive much more specialized treatment and care at your dermatologist’s office. Your dermatologist can not only treat the symptoms, but we can help you determine the allergens that are affecting your child and causing eczema in the first place.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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