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Pediatric Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Key points about atopic dermatitis in children

  • Atopic dermatitis is a long-term (chronic) skin condition. It's common in babies and children.
  • A child with allergies or family members with atopic dermatitis has a higher chance of having atopic dermatitis.
  • Itching, dryness and redness are common symptoms.
  • The goals of treatment are to ease itching and inflammation of the skin, increase moisture and prevent infection.
  • Staying away from triggers is important to manage the condition.
  • It usually gets better or goes away as a child gets older.

Prevention and Risk Assessment

  • What is atopic dermatitis in children?
  • What causes atopic dermatitis in a child?
  • Which children are at risk for atopic dermatitis?
  • What are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis in a child?
  • How can I help prevent atopic dermatitis in my child?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?

Diagnosis

  • How is atopic dermatitis diagnosed in a child?

Treatment

  • How is atopic dermatitis treated in a child?
  • What are possible complications of atopic dermatitis in a child?
  • How can I help my child live with atopic dermatitis?
  • Next steps
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hemant Sharma

Hemant Sharma

Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director, Food Allergy Program
Departments

Departments

Allergy and Immunology

At Children’s National, children affected by allergies and complex immunologic disorders benefit from our specialists’ expertise, because our doctors treat children and only children with these conditions.

Dermatology

The Division of Dermatology at Children's National Health System continues to expand services as more families seek our expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

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