21 Jun Kids and Eczema
Rashes and kids are a common combination, but eczema can take itchiness to another level. Spectrum Dermatology helps patients of all ages minimize and treat eczema. This condition is an umbrella term for a number of conditions that causes red, irritated skin. Sometimes, little fluid-filled bumps can also occur. Eczema is usually caused by atopic dermatitis, or infantile eczema, but it can affect children of all ages.
Atopic simply refers to a condition caused when someone is hypersensitive to environmental allergens. These can include animal dander, foods, laundry detergent, or pollens. Dermatitis simply means inflamed skin. Eczema has a strong genetic component, and if you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, there’s a good chance your children will have eczema to some degree.
Fifty percent of children with eczema will likely develop asthma or hay fever as they get older. Although eczema is not an allergy, allergens often trigger it. About ten percent of kids will have eczema at some point, and most present symptoms before they turn one. Fortunately, childhood eczema often goes away by the teenage years (even though it may be replaced by asthma).
A proper diagnosis and dermatological treatment is the best way to tackle eczema. However, parents can also help reduce flareups. Avoid hot baths, and instead use warm water and mild, natural soaps for bathing children as scented soaps can be big triggers. In some cases, an oatmeal bath can help with itching (but ask your dermatologist about this first).
Aggressive scrubbing and towel-drying can trigger eczema, so pat instead of rub. Irritating clothing and materials, like wool, in particular, can also be triggering. Put comfort first when choosing your children’s clothes. Breathable clothing is the best option for allowing the skin to have regular access to cool, soothing breezes.
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Cool compresses and doctor-approved moisturizers can also help soothe eczema flareups. However, the best course of action is to work together with a dermatologist to create a customized treatment plan for your child. Connect with Spectrum Dermatology today and give your child the relief they deserve.