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Could my child have 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

Eczema is a common condition in children. It is so common that people have given it a few names:

  • Eczema (name most people use)

  • Dermatitis

  • Atopic (a-top-ic) eczema

  • Atopic dermatitis

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

Atopic dermatitis in the creases of a boy's elbows and feet
What does eczema look like?

What you see on a person’s skin varies with age. See what it looks like in babies, children, and adults.

sleeping baby. When eczema is under control, a child can sleep peacefully.
Who gets eczema?

Some children have a greater risk of developing eczema (atopic dermatitis). Does your child?

Close-up of a girl with eczema; atopic dermatitis visible on arm, hand, neck, ear, and part of face.
What causes eczema?

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

Doctor photo with the text 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 eczema?

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