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Ines Cano Uribe on Atopic Dermatitis: Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out

Ines Cano Uribe is a BSc Psychology graduate whose primary purpose for creating this blog site is to provide information and tips for parents whose child is suffering from eczema. She has seen the mental and emotional impact that this chronic skin condition can have on a child, and as such, she would like to do everything she can to help these children cope with childhood eczema in her own small way.

In one of my posts, I mentioned that atopic dermatitis is the most common type of childhood eczema (see: 5 Things You Should Know About Childhood Eczema), where symptoms begin to manifest in children by age 1. If you’re unsure whether or not your child is starting to shows signs of atopic dermatitis, below are some of its most common signs and symptoms:

Common Signs and Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis looks like small, red bumps that usually appear on the face, elbows or knees of babies and toddlers. They are itchy and bring extreme discomfort to the baby or toddler. These small bumps may develop red lesions when scratched, and they could spread to other parts of the body (especially those with dry skin). In older children, atopic dermatitis may appear on the folds of knees and elbows, or on the hands.

It’s important to seek medical attention for your child if you suspect that he or she may have atopic dermatitis because since the rashes are itchy, your child may automatically start scratching. Excessive scratching could cause lesions as mentioned above, and if left unaddressed, the lesions could get infected.

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To reduce the incidence of flare-ups, moisturize your child’s skin. Dry skin can become scaly or rough, which could trigger a flare-up. Watch out for other triggers too like bath and hand soap (harsh chemicals could cause a flare-up), juices, and other food products. Sometimes, when a child comes into contact with certain drinks or food products (not necessarily through ingestion), the skin can become irritated and induce a flare-up.

Heat, sweat, and fabrics could also irritate the skin. It’s important to be aware of your child’s eczema triggers so these can be avoided.

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