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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.

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