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Navigating Childhood Eczema: A Guide for Parents

As parents, we strive to keep our little ones healthy and happy. However, when it comes to childhood eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, many of us find ourselves frustrated trying to manage this common yet challenging skin condition. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), childhood eczema affects nearly 13% of children in the United States, so it’s important to understand what it is, how it manifests, and learn some practical tips to manage it.

Understanding Childhood Eczema

Eczema is a chronic skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin. In children, eczema often appears on the face, elbows, knees, and the back of the neck. The cause of eczema is complex and can involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune system factors.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Identifying Triggers

Identifying and avoiding triggers is a crucial step in managing childhood eczema. Common triggers include:

Practical Management Tips

When to Consult your Dermatologist

After initial diagnosis by your dermatologist, many cases of childhood eczema can be managed at home. However, there are instances where professional medical treatment is necessary. Seek additional guidance if:

Remember, every child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. It's important to be patient and attentive, and to consult your dermatologist for personalized advice and treatment options.


Access to reliable resources is essential in managing your child’s eczema. Here are some links to respected associations and organizations dedicated to advancing the field of pediatric dermatology in the United States. 

Take Action

Childhood eczema can be a challenging condition for both children and parents. Understanding the condition, recognizing symptoms, and implementing practical management techniques can make a significant difference in your child's comfort and overall well-being. 

By working closely with healthcare professionals and being proactive in identifying triggers, you can help your child thrive in spite of eczema.

If you suspect your child’s itchy skin could be eczema, call 757-461-1033 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring providers at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater.

Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater, located in Norfolk, Virginia, provides comprehensive personalized dermatologic care to patients of all skin types, conditions, and ages. Medical director Jonathan Schreiber, MD, PhD and the entire professional medical team at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater approach dermatologic exams from the medical root of an issue, and similarly, cosmetic issues from the science of a treatment, using science-based support and results with the treatment services offered to patients.

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