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Could my child have eczema?

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?

Girl with her dermatologist. Following a dermatologist’s treatment plan can help a child feel better.
Do vaccines cause eczema?

A board-certified pediatric dermatologist answers this frequently asked question.

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