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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



Children's Team

Children's Team


Hemant Sharma

Hemant Sharma

Division Chief, Allergy and Immunology
Director, Food Allergy Program


IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic

IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic is an award-winning pediatric asthma program in Washington, D.C., dedicated to improving asthma care and outcomes for children through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.

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.


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