Eczema also commonly known as dermatitis (derm-muh-TIE-tis) is an inflammatory reaction in the skin due to a variety of causes.
Children may get a form of genetically inherited eczema called “atopic dermatitis” (AD) during their first year of life. If a child gets AD during this time, dry and scaly patches appear on the skin. These patches often appear on the scalp and face as well as the folds of the neck, arms and legs.
No matter where it appears, AD is often very itchy. Infants may rub their skin against bedding or carpeting to relieve the itch to the point of bleeding.
In children of all ages, the itch can be so intense that they cannot sleep through the night leading to daytime irritability and difficulty in school. Scratching can lead to a secondary skin infection, so prompt intervention and treatment to prevent this is important.
Although many children will “outgrow” their eczema eventually, atopic dermatitis can be a chronic waxing and waning condition for many years which makes proper education on how to control and prevent flares so important for parents. Treatment and good skin care can alleviate much of the discomfort which makes for happy babies and happy rested families.
Contact Dr. Heather Roberts for further information.