Little girl scratching the eczema on her arm

It’s always difficult to watch your child deal with any kind of discomfort. Seeing them suffer makes you want to do whatever you can to help, which makes it even more frustrating when you aren’t sure how to handle the situation. This is something many parents struggle with when it comes to pediatric eczema. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition in which patches of skin become dry, itchy, and irritated. The condition is very common in children, so it’s important that parents know how to react when their child starts showing symptoms.

What Are the Signs That Your Child Has Eczema?

The symptoms of eczema are generally pretty consistent from one person to the next. If your child develops patches of skin that are red, dry, and scaly, they may be suffering from eczema. In many cases, these patches of skin will also be very itchy. That said, the areas on the body where these patches are most common can vary depending on the age of your child.

  • Infants Under 6 Months - Eczema patches most commonly appear on the face but can sometimes occur on the body as well.
  • 6 to 12 Months - The red, dry patches of skin typically appear on the knees and/or elbows.
  • 1 to 5 Years - In this age range, eczema patches often become drier and more scaly. The patches may appear on the arms and hands, in the folds of the knees and elbows, and on the face.
  • 5 Years and Older - The patches often occur on the neck, eyelids, hands, and in the folds of the knees and elbows.

When Should Your Child See a Dermatologist for Eczema?

If you suspect that your child is suffering from atopic dermatitis, you should contact a pediatric dermatologist. For one thing, there are multiple skin conditions that have similar symptoms to eczema, and bringing your child to a dermatologist will allow you to get an accurate diagnosis. They will also be able to advise you on the most effective ways to treat eczema and, if necessary, prescribe a strong topical steroid.

If your child’s eczema symptoms are mild, you may be able to treat them with moisturizers or over-the-counter topical treatments. These methods can sometimes be effective for reducing or even eliminating the symptoms. However, if the eczema doesn’t improve or starts to cause your child frequent discomfort, you should take them to see a specialist as soon as possible.

Skin Treatments at Certified Dermatology

If you’re concerned that your child is suffering from eczema, you can always bring them to Certified Dermatology to see one of our skilled pediatric dermatologists. We have multiple locations throughout New Jersey, and our team will ensure that your child has a comfortable experience and receives wonderful personalized treatment. Simply contact any of our locations today to schedule your initial appointment.

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