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.
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Providers Who Treat Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
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