Gentle skin care and the use of
moisturizers, and topical steroids are the most important treatments for
eczema. But there are other topical medications such as Protopic© and Elidel©
that are safe and effective for use on eczema when used as directed by your
child’s doctor. Tar preparations can also be helpful.Oral antihistamines are
very helpful for some children with eczema. They may reduce itch, but perhaps
more importantly, they cause drowsiness, which helps children sleep.
It is important to prevent bacterial infection of the skin through the use of
bleach baths as part of any ongoing skin maintenance routine. When infection is
present, it should be treated with topical or oral antibiotics.
Some eczema does not respond as expected to the usual treatments. Such children
may be candidates for oral or injected treatments that calm inflammation in the
body. Your child’s dermatologist will help you decide if this kind of treatment
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