How should my child be treated for eczema?


Your child’s doctor will talk with you about specific care for your child. Some general guidelines to follow include:

  • Stay away from foods or things in the environment that seem to make the rash worse.
  • Stay away from very hot or cold temperatures, especially during summer and winter.
  • Use soft cotton clothing. Avoid wool or acrylic blankets or sleepers.
  • Cover your child’s legs when your infant crawls on wool carpeting.
  • Keep baths to a minimum; add bath oil and gently pat skin dry.
  • Use the type of soap advised by your child’s doctor.
  • Use a steroid cream if prescribed by your child’s doctor.
  • Keep your child’s fingernails clipped and covered with cotton socks if needed.
  • Give your child Benadryl® or another antihistamine by mouth to control severe itching (especially at night), if prescribed by his doctor.
  • If advised by your child’s doctor, use a skin care moisturizing lotion that does not contain alcohol.

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