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About eczema in children

Eczema feetEczema is a common skin condition in children, causing dry, itchy skin that can become red and angry looking when inflamed. It is also called atopic dermatitis.

Eczema happens in people who are very sensitive to allergens, so it is more common in children who have a family history of eczema, asthma, or hay fever.

You cannot catch eczema from other people.

Does my child have eczema?

The signs and symptoms of eczema are different in different children.

If your child has eczema, there will be times when their skin is clear and other times when it is inflamed.

Most children eventually grow out of eczema. But while they have it, the key to managing it is to keep their skin moist, using lots of moisturisers.

Food allergies and eczema

Most eczema is not caused by a food allergy.

If you are worried that your child is allergic to a certain food or food group, see your general practice team or Plunket nurse before trying to stop your child from eating these foods. Some people think their children, or breastfeeding women, should cut out certain foods to avoid allergies. But if you cut out foods without proper supervision there is a risk you or your child might not get the right nutrients.

On the next page: Eczema tests & diagnosis

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created March 2017.

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