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Treating childhood eczema


Newly diagnosed: What parents ask

Happy baby. Find out if something on your child’s own body could be triggering the eczema.
Should a child who has eczema see a dermatologist?

A board-certified pediatric dermatologist answers this question.

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Can eczema be cured?

If your child has eczema, knowing the answer to this question can help you avoid common pitfalls.

Baby eating. Parents often experiment with food in hopes of curing eczema, but research shows this seldom works.
Can food fix eczema?

Removing certain foods from your child’s diet can do more harm than good. Find out why.


How to start gaining control of your child’s eczema

Eczema medications applied to the skin Corticosteroid: The most common eczema medication When eczema requires medication, dermatologists often prescribe a corticosteroid. See why it’s prescribed and tips for getting the best results.

TCIs: A possible corticosteroid alternative It can reduce the inflammation, itch, and excess bacteria on your child’s skin. This fact sheet tells you what you need to know.

Coal tar: An age-old eczema treatment For more than 100 years, people have used coal tar preparations to treat eczema. Find out how it’s used and where to never apply it.

3 techniques dermatologists use to improve treatment results If the medication you’re applying to your child’s skin fails to work, tell your dermatologist. One of these techniques may be an option.

Light treatments and eczema medications you take

Phototherapy uses light to treat eczema Studies show that phototherapy can safely and effectively treat children with eczema. See when a dermatologist may recommend it.

An antihistamine can provide real relief. However, it cannot treat eczema or stop the itch. Here’s why a dermatologist may include an antihistamine in your child’s eczema treatment plan. Stronger medication is required for severe eczema. When skin care and medicine applied to the skin (or light treatments) fail to work, your dermatologist may prescribe one of these medications.

Treating skin infections

4 infection fighters to avoid

If your child develops a skin infection, don’t grab the antibacterial soap. It’s on dermatologists’ do-not-use list along with these products.

Antibiotics and other infection fighters

Eczema increases the risk of developing a skin infection. Find out what medications can treat it and how to get the best results from them.

Bleach bath therapy

To treat frequent skin infections, your dermatologist may recommend bleach baths. Here’s how to prepare one.

Eczema treatment that can be harmful

Can some products cure eczema?

It can be tempting to try a product that comes with a claim that it can cure eczema. Before you do, here’s what you need to know.

Herbal remedy can be toxic

They may seem safer than prescription medicines, but some herbal mixtures have caused serious health problems in children with eczema. Find out what can happen.

Complementary and alternative treatments for childhood eczema

Emotional support can benefit a child who has eczema

Research shows that helping your child feel better emotionally can reduce eczema flares. Here are some ideas to try.

Can homeopathic medicine treat childhood eczema?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not review homeopathic products for safety and effectiveness. For this reason, the FDA recommends doing this before giving your child any homeopathic medicine.

Massage, acupressure may help relieve childhood eczema

To improve treatment results, you may want to add a daily massage to your child’s eczema treatment plan. See what the studies show.

Oils, probiotics, and vitamins: Can they heal eczema?

For years, people said that supplements can effectively treat eczema. What researchers found while studying these remedies may surprise you.


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