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Childhood eczema

Childhood eczema

What is childhood eczema?
When a child develops eczema, it’s usually a type of eczema known as atopic dermatitis. This type of eczema usually begins by 5 years of age.

Is atopic dermatitis contagious? No

Toddler with eczema on his face
Could my child have eczema?

If you think your child could have eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), the earlier it’s diagnosed the better.

Father and baby seeing a dermatologist
Treating childhood eczema

Here you’ll discover what can be done to control eczema and how you can start to take control.

mother applying lotion on baby's face.
Itch relief & skin care for childhood eczema

The best way to relieve itchy eczema is to get eczema under control. In the interim, find out how to find itch relief.

Mother feeding baby with a spoon

Fortunately, there are things you can do to manage your child’s triggers. Discover what can help.

Toddler listening to a stuffed animal's heart with a stethoscope.
Related health concerns

Find dermatologists’ insights that can help you to recognize and reduce the risk of developing some related health conditions.

Managing eczema
Managing eczema

Test your knowledge about how to manage eczema.

group of diverse kids
Can anything prevent my child from getting eczema?

As the number of children who develop eczema grows, so do the studies looking for a way to prevent it. Making some lifestyle changes may reduce your child’s risk. Here’s what researchers have discovered.

baby holding parent's hand. Eczema on the arm.
What causes eczema?

A pediatric dermatologist explains how the skin and immune system are involved.

Lady in front of a chalkboard wondering about the difference between eczema and psoriasis
What’s the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

They can look alike in kids. See how dermatologists find the differences.

Dermatologist appointment for baby
How do dermatologists diagnose atopic dermatitis?

Getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial. Here’s what to expect.