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Eczema is an umbrella term for many types of skin inflammation and skin reactions. Eczema can be seen in children from as early as 12 months appearing on the cheeks, scalp, face, arms, legs and trunk. Characterized by a reddish bump, eczema is very itchy and can become worse through continuous itching. Eczema is very common among children with around 20% infants and young children suffering from it.
There are different types of eczema, like allergic, contact, irritant, and nummular eczema. One of
the most common types of eczema in children is Atopic Dermatitis and can vary in
its severity. In severe atopic dermatitis, rashes on the skin form visible clear, fluid-filled blisters.
While there is no clear cause of eczema, children suffering from it tend to have a family history of
allergies and sensitive immune systems. Children who suffer from eczema are also likely to suffer
from other food allergies and asthma.
Your pediatrician can determine if your child is suffering from eczema. Consult with your pediatrician for a physical exam where he/she will conduct a routine checkup to rule out any physical causes.
While having eczema is not curable, outbreaks of eczema can be prevented through proper skin care
such avoiding to scratch, allowing skin to breathe and utilizing cold compresses in areas susceptible
Your pediatrician may prescribe an ointment or cream to help relief eczema symptoms.