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What are tips to help prevent skin irritation in a child with eczema?

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  • Try to keep your child from scratching. Keep your child's fingernails short and clean.
  • Avoid any substance you know will trigger an allergy.
  • Avoid irritants such as perfumed soaps and detergents.
  • Use cold compresses to relieve the itch.
  • Don't let your baby get too hot or sweaty. Either one can make eczema worse.
  • Never give a baby an antihistamine without talking to a pediatrician first.
  • Ask your pediatrician about medications to relieve itching and whether food or environmental allergens could be triggering the eczema.

From: Eczema (Infants) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Eczema: Tips on How to Care for Your Skin."

HealthyChildren.org: "Eczema."

National Eczema Association: "Atopic Dermatitis in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Eczema: Tips on How to Care for Your Skin."

HealthyChildren.org: "Eczema."

National Eczema Association: "Atopic Dermatitis in Children."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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