Will treating eczema improve my child’s health?
Getting your child’s eczema under control can have many health benefits. Controlling eczema can:
Prevent eczema from getting worse: Without treatment, eczema can progress. The more severe the eczema becomes, the harder it is to treat.
Reduce risk of getting skin infections: Scratching causes tiny breaks in the skin, which allows microorganisms like bacteria to get inside the body.
Ease your child’s discomfort: Skin can be itchy and painful.
Itchy skin and learning
If itchy eczema interferes with a child’s sleep or makes it hard to concentrate, it can be difficult for a child to learn.
Allow your child to sleep: Intensely itchy skin can cause your child to wake up often. Sleep is essential for kids. Children who don’t get enough sleep often gain less weight than they should.
Concentrate during school and while doing homework: Lack of sleep combined with intensely itchy skin can make it difficult for a child to do well in school.
Feel more confident: Having patches of dry, inflamed, itchy skin can cause a child to feel embarrassed. Some kids develop depression and anxiety.
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