Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a chronic skin problem that causes dry, red, itchy skin. Your child’s doctor can help you and your child relieve the symptoms and keep them under control.

Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about eczema and how to help your child prevent flare-ups and manage the symptoms.

Anyone can get eczema, but it is most common in babies, children, and young adults. Eczema often runs in families with a history of eczema or other allergic conditions, such as hay fever and asthma. It is not contagious.

The symptoms of eczema are different with each child. Common symptoms include dry, red, itchy skin and rashes. These rashes can be oozing or very dry. Because eczema is a chronic skin problem, these symptoms can come and go. There are times when the symptoms are worse (called flare-ups or exacerbations) followed by times when the skin...

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