How Do I Know If My Child Has Eczema?

This skin condition has several  names, including. atopic dermatitis or contact dermatitis. And there are related conditions,  seborrheic dermatitis and dyshidrotic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is the most common form to affect young children from six months to age five.

It causes dry, itchy, red, and inflamed skin. Rather than just dry skin, you will see a rash. The rash is itchy and can make children uncomfortable and for that reason affect sleep. Untreated eczema can get worse and then get infected.

Eczema in Babieschild with skin rash.

In young babies eczema usually affects the face, scalp, arms, and legs, especially in the creases of the elbow and behind the knees.

Children with eczema have sensitive skin and soaps, shampoos, cleansers, and laundry detergents that have fragrance or perfumes may trigger the rash. Eczema tends to be worse in the winter when the cold air dries the skin out.

A pediatric doctor like those at Elmwood Pediatrics in Rochester and Pittsford NY can make the diagnosis of eczema and possibly prescribe a topical steroid to relieve the baby’s itching.

Eczema in Toddlers

Prevention and treatments are similar for both infants and toddlers. Check with your doctor at Elmwood Pediatrics before beginning any treatments if your toddler is starting to have issues with eczema.

Eczema can be part of the allergic triad – asthma, allergies and eczema. So allergens like pet dander, pollen, and dust can trigger the rash.  If you know their triggers  then you will be able to control the rash better

Basic Facts About Eczema in Children

  • Eczema will change as your child grows and some children will outgrow this.
  • Eczema is not contagious.
  • The National Eczema Association recommends these products.
  • Eczema is common and usually has a family/genetic association.
  • Drinking lots of water, getting rid of allergens in your home like pollen, dust, tobacco smoke and mold, and having your child wear breathable fabrics like cotton can help to prevent future flare ups.

Get treatment if you think your child may have eczema. Treating it early can help your baby or young child hours to be most comfortable.

Contact Elmwood Pediatrics at (585) 224-9720  if you suspect your child is showing signs of eczema.



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