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Pediatric Eczema: When Should Your Child See a Dermatologist?

June 10, 2024 by Adam.lueken

You may think that eczema is strictly an adult skin issue, but eczema typically starts during childhood and continues into adulthood. Eczema affects up to 25% of children, and an estimated 60% of people with eczema develop it during their first year of life.

Eczema, often referred to as the “itch that rashes,” typically starts suddenly with very itchy skin. Scratching the itchy skin then can often cause a rash. With pediatric eczema, you may notice one or more of the following with your child:

  • Itchy, dry, scaly skin
  • Red rash (especially on lighter skin tones)
  • Small, rough bumps (more common in darker skin tones)
  • Skin that feels warm and possibly swollen (inflammation)
  • Blisters that ooze and crust over

While eczema is not contagious, it can be incredibly irritating and stressful for your child. If you’ve noticed signs of pediatric eczema in your child, should you consult a dermatologist or your primary physician, or can it be treated at home?

The AAD recommends seeing a board-certified dermatologist to accurately diagnose this condition. Eczema can start during childhood and last for years. Proper treatment can prevent the condition from worsening and ease the itch. While there is no cure, a dermatologist will help you control your child’s eczema, beginning with a treatment plan.

While the treatment plan will be tailored to your child’s needs, it will likely include four parts:

  • Skin care, such as baths and moisturizers.
  • Medication as needed.
  • Management strategies for stress, itching and other associated issues.
  • Avoiding eczema triggers to prevent flare-ups.

If your child is suffering from the symptoms of pediatric eczema, your local VitalSkin dermatology team is here to help. Schedule an appointment today!

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