Eczema in Kids (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema in Kids (Atopic Dermatitis)

There are quite a few forms of eczema, but atopic dermatitis is seen more frequently in children where the skin becomes dry, irritated, inflamed, rough, itchy like developing a rash, ooze fluid and crust over.

The closest reason to develop eczema is associated with intensity of a person’s immune system. As our immunity is created and reacts differently to various sensitivities, skin allergies could relate to some forms of eczema.

Experts believe that eczema transfers from parents to children through genetic material, but eczema is not contagious. Children with eczema could also be diagnosed with asthma and some forms of allergies, most commonly, hay fever and food allergies or hypersensitivities in the environment such as dust, pollen, and animal dander.

When detecting eczema, your GP will examine the rash and check details about the child's and family’s health history and may refer to a dermatologist or an allergist for further examination and advance treatment.

Your GP, dermatologist or allergist will prescribe different medications depending on the acuteness of symptoms, child's age, and where the rash is but there is no cure for eczema.

In some children eczema starts to subside by the age of 5 or 6 or at times disappears.  

As parents, you can help repel or treat eczema by keeping your child’s skin washed, hydrated, by using organic cotton material for clothes, bedspread etc, good grooming like cleaned and shortened nails, avoid getting in contact with known allergens and help him/her relax in a stress-free environment.

However, if your child gets fever, severe redness, pus-filled lumps, cold sores, blisters, or even sudden reactions to prescribed medication, contact your GP straightaway without applying home remedies.


By Dr. Govind Kotha | Family First General Practice | Franklin, ACT