How can I find eczema triggers on my child's body?
You cannot cure eczema by ONLY removing what triggers your child’s eczema. To control eczema, you need to bathe and moisturize, treat flares, and avoid triggers.
Learn more by matching the possible trigger on the chart below and see what you can do to help treat flares and avoid triggers on your child's body.
|Possible trigger||Could be a trigger if...||What you can do|
|Bacteria in nose||This can be difficult to recognize.||Ask your child's dermatologist if this could be a trigger for your child. If so, treatment can reduce bacteria.|
|Food on skin||You see redness and swelling where food touches your child's skin.|
|Food your child eats||Your child's eczema flares (immediately or later) after eating certain food.|
|Saliva||You see redness and swelling where saliva touches your child's skin.|
|Scratching||Your child scratches until the skin bleeds, or you see your child rubbing up against the crib or other object to rub the skin.|||
|Sweat||You see sweat on your child's body or your child seems overheated. Sweat and overheating are common eczema triggers.|
Related AAD resources
Sidbury R, Tom WL, et al. “Part 4: Guidelines of Care for the management of atopic dermatitis. Part 4: Prevention of disease flares and use of adjunctive therapies and approaches.” J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Dec;71(6):1218-33.