Depending on the severity of the flare-up, or other symptoms that may have been triggered by it, there are specific treatment options for childhood eczema. For this post, Ines Cano Uribe shares some of the most common treatment options for childhood eczema to provide readers with information they can further discuss with their child’s doctor.
1. Topical corticosteroids. These are steroid creams, also often called cortisone cream, used to treat flare-ups. It’s important to use only that which the doctor prescribed for your child as these creams come in various strengths (from mild to strong), and each one is for a specific ‘severity’. These creams can improve the condition, and provide relief from itching and discomfort. Your doctor will prescribe the number of times this needs to be applied on your child’s rashes (from once a day to 3x per day) until they are completely gone.
2. Antihistamines to control itching and allergic reactions. Flare-ups sometimes occur due to the skin’s contact with an allergen, in which case, antihistamines are prescribed. Bear in mind that some antihistamines can make your child sleepy so consult with your pediatrician about the right antihistamine for your child. Benadryl, Zyrtec, and Claritin are some of the most commonly prescribed antihistamines.
3. Antibiotics for infections. In some cases, rashes form lesions from scratching and to prevent or treat an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. It’s also important here to strictly follow the doctor’s instructions regarding dosage and frequency (usually every 8 hours for 7 days) in order for the antibiotic to do its job. Also, even if the infection and rashes have disappeared, make sure to complete the cycle of the antibiotics. Your doctor could explain this further to you so make sure to inquire about it.
More posts about childhood eczema will be shared here by Ines Cano Uribe so please stay tuned for those.