Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is a chronic skin condition characterized by itchy, red patches of dry skin. In kids suffering from eczema, the skin barrier is not working normally, causing excessive dryness. The skin’s inability to retain moisture due to the defective skin barrier often causes irritation and severe itching.
Eczema affects 10 to 20 percent of all children and can be caused by environmental triggers, genetics, or allergies. Eczema can have a huge effect on the quality of life of the child and the family. Poor sleep due to irritated skin can affect school performance, concentration, and home life. Here are five tips for managing your child’s eczema and minimizing flare-ups:
Make an appointment with a Children’s National dermatologist if you feel your child may be suffering from eczema. Schedule an appointment by calling the BEAR Line at 888-884-BEAR (2327).
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