It’s estimated that 10 percent of kids in America suffer with the itchy, uncomfortable skin condition known as eczema. This inflammatory rash is difficult to treat, and many children suffer from it starting very early in their lives. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering new recommendations to guide doctors in treating eczema in kids, according to a CBS report
For starters, the AAP recommends bathing your child every two or three days with a gentle cleanser, then patting the skin dry but leaving it slightly damp and applying a moisturizer right away. Parents should also monitor the condition and be alert to flare-ups, since kids with eczema are more prone to staph infections. When children scratch the affected areas they can break the skin, which increases the possibility of infection.
Nanette Silverberg, MD, a dermatologist at New York City’s Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai, told CBS News that moisturizers are sometimes enough to keep skin healthy, but that she will typically prescribe a steroid cream for use when her patients have a flare-up. Dr. Silverberg says that this treatment is safe for children and that “steroid creams have certainly not been associated with major side effects.”