Eczema: What Is This Rash on My Child?

Confirming the diagnosis is the first step

A common skin condition in children

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a common skin condition that can affect children of all ages. Most children will exhibit symptoms before the age of one year.

Often, it runs in families with a history of eczema or other allergic conditions. Luckily, many children outgrow eczema by the time they are young adults.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of eczema are dry, red, itchy skin, and patches of rashes. These symptoms can come and go depending on the exposures and can appear anywhere on the body. In babies, eczema occurs most often on the face. Younger children tend to manifest eczema on the elbows and knees. In teenagers, the hands and feet are the most common spots.

Moisturize to prevent flare-ups

You can help prevent flare-ups by keeping your child’s skin moisturized. Use a fragrance-free moisturizer and opt for a cream or ointment over a lotion. It absorbs better, and children tolerate it better. Use a fragrance and dye-free laundry detergent. Try to keep your child from scratching any rashes that may appear as scratching will lead to more irritation of the area.

Medication can help

Your provider may prescribe medication to help ease the discomfort during a flare-up. Always use the medication exactly as prescribed. It is important to remember that eczema is a chronic skin condition. Flare-ups can come and go, and therefore it requires you to keep the skin moisturized at all times.


By: Dr. Nimisha Aggarwal

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