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Tips to Manage Your Child's Eczema

Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, and is fairly common among children. Watch pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, explain her top tips for parents of children with atopic dermatitis.

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While eczema technically can't be cured. Some kids outgrow it. In the meantime, here's what you can do
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to keep your child comfortable. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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Hi, I'm Dr. Altmann. I see lots of patients who have eczema. It's a pretty common skin condition among kids.
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While eczema technically can't be cured, some kids outgrow it.
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In the meantime, here's what you can do to keep your child comfortable. Use laundry detergent that's free of perfumes and dyes.
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Both can worsen eczema. Also avoid fabric softeners. They're not recommended for kids with eczema.
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Choose mild unscented bath soap and keep baths short. After bathing, gently pat your child's skin dry.
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Then slather on a mild unscented ointment or thick cream within three minutes of getting out of the bath.
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That prevents water from evaporating and drying out your child's sensitive skin. Use an unscented ointment or cream twice a day
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to keep your little one's skin hydrated and call the pediatrician when your child's eczema flares up.
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She may prescribe a steroid or non-steroidal cream or an antihistamine to help calm the itching.
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I'm Dr. Altmann. Watch all our smart tips for more ways to raise happy, healthy kids.

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