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What are the treatment options for eczema on infants or toddlers?

 

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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.
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.

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.
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 is necessary.

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