When should I call the doctor about my child’s eczema (atopic dermatitis)?

Call your child’s doctor if you see these signs of infection:
  • Increased redness
  • Pain or swelling of affected area
  • Drainage or bad smell from affected area
  • Fever (temperature over 100.4°F)
  • Symptoms get worse with treatment
If your child gets eczema often or his eczema does not get better, he may need more care by his doctor or a specialist.

Continue Learning about Eczema



Eczema is a chronic allergic skin disorder that runs in families, resulting in red patches of skin that become extremely dry, itchy and irritated. Learn more about eczema from our experts.

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