How to Treat Eczema in Your Child

List: Posted: 03/18/11

Eczema is a very itchy and frustrating skin condition, especially for children.  Also known as atopic dermatitis, and it is hallmarked by an itchy rash that is often red, scaly, irritated, and sometimes oozing.  While it can go away with treatment, it is likely to return and is typically very uncomfortable while present.

Your doctor will tell you that treating eczema in your child is largely about treating and managing symptoms.  Prevention is also important, however, and includes avoiding things such as bubble baths, irritating soaps, and allergens.  Avoiding sweating when possible can also be helpful, as is the use of moisturizers.  When the rash is already present, however, you need to know how to make the discomfort stop.

Antihistamines are commonly used to help treat eczema.  Sedating antihistamines are especially helpful when itching disrupts sleep, but non-drowsy versions can still help to keep itching at bay.  At the drugstore, steroid creams, ranging from over the counter hydrocortisone to prescription creams can also prove to be extremely helpful at treating the condition.

For mild itching, or for parents looking to avoid the use of drugs, cold compresses used over the rash can help to soothe irritated nerves and keep the itching to a minimum.  This can leave your child feeling more comfortable and can help prevent scratching, which makes the condition worse.  A quality moisturizer can also be both soothing and beneficial when your child suffers from eczema.  If the rash is really bad, your doctor may also prescribe light therapy or immunosuppressant drugs, though the latter is quite rare.

Treating eczema in children can help keep them comfortable, and these tips help to make it easy. Consult a dermatologist if the rash and itching is not managed by the above self-help tips.

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