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how can you treat eczema for a child?

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Dr. Linda Green
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Skin care: Skin care is key for treatment of eczema in children. Since the skin is extremely dry, frequent use of moisturizing cream is needed along with mild non-drying soap or cleanser. Inflamed areas can be treated with topical steroid creams. If itching persists an oral antihistamine may be used. A visit to the allergist can help identify triggers and manage the treatment regimen.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.

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