If you are a parent of a child who has eczema, you know how frustrating this condition is to manage. Eczema is one of the most common childhood conditions, affecting up to 20% of all children. Understanding you child’s specific eczema condition can significantly impact how well you are able to control it at home. With a dermatologist’s help and often some trial and error, eczema flare-ups can be minimized. As a parent, there is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain or uncomfortable and not being able to bring immediate relief.
Eczema is a chronic, complex inflammatory disorder that typically begins in infancy.
It involves patches of red, itchy, and sometimes painful skin. Commonly affected areas include the insides of the elbows and knees, the hands, and the face. Although eczema often improves as the child reaches school age, it is important to help parents find ways to manage this condition until then.
One of the most critical aspects of care for children with eczema is a foundation of good skin hygiene and regular skin hydration. This helps to reduce itchy flare-ups and prevent skin infections. Parents may find the following hygiene tips helpful in minimizing eczema symptoms:
- Baths that are warm, but not hot
- Gentle, non-soap cleanser
- Moisturize regularly and liberally
- Use cream-based moisturizer (avoid parabens and fragrance)
- Keep moisturizer in refrigerator for better itch relief
Remember that what works for one child may not work for your child. Therefore, it is best to have your child evaluated by a board certified dermatologist who has experience in pediatric eczema. There are prescription medications, such as topical corticosteroids, that may also ease your child’s discomfort. If eczema is negatively impacting your child’s quality of life, seek help today from Olansky Dermatology Associates.