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How can you keep your child's eczema under control?

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To keep your child's eczema under control:

  • Get allergy testing. If you can pin the problem on a specific thing, you can figure out ways to avoid it.
  • Use a moisturizer. Go for thick creams and ointments that stop skin from drying out.
  • Keep fingernails short. Your child will do less damage to their skin when they scratch.
  • Avoid irritants. Always use unscented soap and laundry detergent. Stay away from cigarette smoke, too.
  • Watch for problems. If your child's eczema seems to be getting worse, or he develops allergy symptoms like congestion or a runny nose, see a doctor. The sooner you get treatment, the better.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Skin Allergy Overview."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Eczema in Children."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," "Food Allergies."

Demehri, S. PLOS Biology, May 19, 2009.

Zheng, T. Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research, February 2011.

Van Bever, H. WAO Journal, April 15, 2008.

University of Iowa Children's Hospital: "Common Additional Questions."

UpToDate: "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)," "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)," "Role of allergy in atopic dermatitis (eczema)."

World Allergy Organization: "Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: "Skin Allergy Overview."

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Eczema in Children."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)," "Food Allergies."

Demehri, S. PLOS Biology, May 19, 2009.

Zheng, T. Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Research, February 2011.

Van Bever, H. WAO Journal, April 15, 2008.

University of Iowa Children's Hospital: "Common Additional Questions."

UpToDate: "Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of atopic dermatitis (eczema)," "Patient information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)," "Role of allergy in atopic dermatitis (eczema)."

World Allergy Organization: "Food Allergy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 02, 2019

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