Eczema in Babies and Children

What is Eczema?

The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. Children with eczema have an itchy red rash that is rough and inflamed skin with blisters that can result in bleeding or infection if they are scratched. Sometimes the itching begins before the rash appears especially when eczema is on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands and/or feet. Some babies are born with eczema which affects about 10% to 20% of infants. Children with eczema may also go on to develop other allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever. Eczema is caused by an overactive response of the body’s immune system to an irritant.

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