How to Identify and Treat Childhood Eczema


| 3/15/2017 4:29:00 PM


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From itchy skin to red rashes, atopic dermatitis affects between 10 to 20 percent of all children, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). This common childhood skin condition tends to appear before children reach the age of five, and for some, it disappears by age 10. About 60 percent of kids never grow out of it and struggle with flare-ups for life.

The condition really affects quality of life for both parent and child. Itchy and irritable skin makes simple actions like dressing and sleeping painful. School-aged children with atopic dermatitis are also at greater risk for developing psychological difficulties and self-consciousness, affecting both academic and social development.

As a parent, arming yourself with knowledge about this skin problem can help your child battle the disease. Proper treatment can make it manageable.

What Is Eczema?

Eczema is a skin disease that manifests in various forms. The most common form affecting children is atopic dermatitis. A genetic history of allergies, asthma or hay fever can make children more prone to eczema.

Although medical experts are not certain about the cause of condition, it is suspected the disease is a result of the immune system overreacting to irritants. Common irritants that trigger eczema flare-ups include:




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