may advise allergy testing to find the things that trigger the rash. Allergy
tests are done by an allergist (immunologist).
How is it treated?
Although atopic dermatitis is
an ongoing problem, there are things you can do to control it.
Moisturize often. Creams work better than lotions.
Avoid things that trigger rashes, such as harsh soaps and
detergents, dander, and any other things you are allergic to.
Control scratching. You may want to cover the rash with a bandage to keep from
rubbing it. Put mittens or cotton socks on your baby's hands to help prevent
him or her from scratching.
Use medicine prescribed by your
Bathe with lukewarm water and for short
In severe cases, your doctor may prescribe pills or give
you a shot to stop the itching. Or you may get ultraviolet (UV) light treatment
at a clinic or doctor’s office.
Can you prevent your baby from getting atopic dermatitis?
If you or other family members have atopic dermatitis
or other allergies, there is a chance that your baby could get it. If possible,
breast-feed your baby for at least 6 months to boost the
immune system and to help protect your baby.