Caring for Eczema in Children

Posted on December 05 2014

It is estimated that Eczema affects more than 10% of infants and children, among others. This condition can cause frustration, have affects on social perception, and can even lead to significant abrasions and infections. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has released some suggestions to help control eczema and minimize symptoms.


Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition often resulting in an itchy, red, rash that can be uncomfortable, disrupt sleep, affect mood, and activity. However, there are steps that can be taken to control the effects of eczema. The AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics has released the following recommendations for controlling eczema:


1) General Skin Hygiene - regular baths help to keep the skin clean of potential irritants, and regular massaging in of fragrance-free lotions helps to soothe and protect the skin.


2) Topical Creams - topical anti-inflammatory creams can help suppress the natural inflammatory response.


3) Minimize Itching - Oral antihistamine medications can help to reduce the urge to itch, and though it won't stop eczema, it can help lessen scratching that further exacerbates the condition.


4) Triggers - environmental triggers such as dust, pollen, pet dander, etc may aggravate allergies leading to breakouts. Reducing these triggers may help lessen occurrences.


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