About 10% of kids have eczema. While most children get a rash every once in a while, eczema is a chronic skin condition with extremely dry, red, and itchy rashes. Eczema can be uncomfortable and even cause oozing patches of skin, but the pediatricians at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics in Atlanta, Georgia, are here to help. The doctors regularly diagnose and treat eczema in babies and children. Make your first appointment by phone or online today to learn more.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a common skin condition that produces red, scaly, and itchy rashes. Anyone can develop eczema, but it often appears in children between birth and age five. Eczema can be problematic for kids when skin gets itchy and inflamed, they scratch it, and the eczema gets worse.
Environmental and genetic factors are often the causes behind eczema. If you’ve had eczema, then your children may be more likely to develop it, too. Eczema isn’t contagious, so you don’t need to keep your child away from siblings or friends.
Most of the time, children outgrow eczema by the time they’re six years old. But for some, flare-ups can continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Eczema is characterized by patches of dry, red, or itchy skin. It can appear anywhere on the body, but in babies and young children it often develops on cheeks, forehead, or scalp. Other common locations for eczema include the bends of the elbows, behind the knees, or on the backs of wrists or ankles.
The symptoms of eczema can vary, but some common signs include:
Eczema isn’t an allergic reaction, but children who have allergies are more likely to have the condition. When your child has eczema, they may be likely to scratch the rashes, making them worse.
The pediatricians at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics are proficient in diagnosing and treating childhood eczema. While eczema can’t be cured, the treatment focuses on reducing flare-ups and managing symptoms.
Common treatments include over-the-counter or prescription topical medications, immunosuppressants, and establishing a daily bathing and moisturizing routine.
As a part of treatment, your pediatrician helps you identify your child’s eczema triggers. Triggers vary from person to person, and identifying what they are allows you to avoid them and prevent flare-ups in the future. Following medication directions and avoiding triggers will help prevent your child’s eczema flare-ups.
If you think your child has eczema, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the experts at Old Fourth Ward Pediatrics. Call the office or book online today.