Child Eczema: What You Need to Know?

Learn here how you can identify eczema’s signs in your children and what you should do to treat them.

Child Eczema: What You Need to Know?

According to the National Eczema Association, nearly 31.6 million American people have eczema in some form, making it a common medical condition in the US.

The same study claims that prevalence “of childhood eczema/atopic dermatitis in the US is 10.7% overall and as high as 18.1% in individual states and 21% across various countries.”

In other words, nearly 10% of all infants in the US have some type of eczema.

On the other hand, NCBI reveals that 67 “percent (95% CI: 64.8 – 69.2) of children with eczema reportedly had mild, 26.0% (95% CI: 23.9 – 28.1) moderate and 7.0% (95% CI: 5.8 – 8.3) severe disease. That is equivalent to 5.6, 2.2 and 0.6 million US children having mild, moderate and severe disease, respectively.”

By and large, it is proved that children are prone to eczema. The signs of eczema are varied by body parts of the children. In fact, eczema signs may occur on the different part of your kid’s body at the different time.

This is why you must identify those signs to know if your child has really eczema. It is very essential to take quick steps in this health condition.

How to Identify Eczema Signs in Baby?

Common signs of eczema are red patches, itching and dryness. The eczema may look similar to other conditions like cradle cap. Eczema can occur on the face, chin and cheeks of the kids.

However, it can sometime develop anywhere on the body while symptoms may vary from one child to the other. After 1 year from the birth, eczema signs can be occurred on the back of the knees, insides of the elbows and on the ankles. Atopic Dermatitis is the common type of eczema found in kids.

 

What are the Causes of Eczema in Kids?

It is believed that child eczema is hereditary, meaning that if one of parents or both has eczema, and it is likely to be occurred in their child. In some cases, the skin layers’ condition can also cause eczema as body struggle to generate fatty cells (ceramides) to create moisture.

Can Child Eczema Go Away On its Own?

Yes, child eczema can be resolved naturally as a kid ages, especially before he or she reaches school age. However, it can come back in their adulthood, when children have dry skin.

How Eczema in Children is Treated?

If you notice eczema signs on your kid’s skin, you must rush to medical assistance. A physician prescribes you some OTC lotions to prevent dryness, itching and inflammation. A general prescription for eczema includes topical steroids, topical immunomodulators, oral antihistamines, oral antibiotics, and oral steroids. Moreover, your doctor would guide you on the appropriate way to bathe your kids.

What are the Precautions for Eczema Prone/Affected Child?

  • Make your child wear breathable fabrics like cotton as woolen material may be scratchy.
  • Use mild and fragrance free soaps to bathe your children.
  • Remind your child not to scratch as it can aggravate the skin condition
  • You can use OTC medications including topical steroids, steroid free topical ointments and oral antihistamines to help your child get relieve from itching.
  • Children often experience emotional stress in form of mental anguish, frustration, anger and fear. And you must know that stress can trigger skin flare up. So, tell them to avoid taking stress.

What You Should Keep in Mind?

Eczema is the chronic skin problem. It can come and go, requiring precautions and treatment plan from you and your doctor’s as well. You must talk with your kid’s doctor if there is no improvement in your child’s condition.

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