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EczemaEczema and Kids

Let's Talk About Eczema and Kids

Itchy skin can be irritation nation for young children. Understanding the ins and outs of this tricky condition can help you help them find comfort.

    Our Pro PanelEczema and Kids

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in eczema to bring you the most up-to-date information possible. Look who's on your side:

    Emma Guttman, M.D., Ph.D.

    Emma Guttman, M.D., Ph.D.Director of the Center for Excellence in Eczema

    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY
    John Anthony, M.D. headshot.

    John Anthony, M.D.Dermatologist

    Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland, OH
    Dawn Marie R. Davis, M.D.

    Dawn Marie R. Davis, M.D.Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics Division Chair, Clinical Dermatology

    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN

    Frequently Asked QuestionsEczema and Kids

    Will my child outgrow eczema?

    Potentially. There is no cure, but some people with childhood onset may see their symptoms improve as they get older. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 50% of kids with atopic dermatitis go on to have a milder form of the disease as an adult.

    Will using a hydrating bath soak help my baby?

    While it may be tempting to want to add a bath oil or hydrating soak to your baby’s bath water, additives (other than highly diluted bleach, which studies have found can soothe symptoms) have not been shown to have any benefit in easing eczema symptoms in children.

    Can dupilumab help treat my child’s eczema?

    The injectable medication, made from proteins derived from living cells or tissues, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating adolescents ages 12 years and older with moderate to severe atopic dermatitis that’s unresponsive to topical prescription therapies. It works by preventing two proteins that trigger eczema from binding to cell receptors, which stops the immune system from causing an inflammatory reaction. As of yet, dupilumab is not recommended for children under 12.

    Is cradle cap a form of eczema?

    No, but it’s easy to confuse them. Cradle cap, or seborrheic dermatitis, causes patchy scaling or thick crusts most commonly on the scalp that look a lot like eczema. The difference is it’s much less red and scaly and won’t itch. (Obviously, your infant can’t tell you it’s not itchy, but you may observe them scratching less.) Unlike eczema, cradle cap usually clears up on its own in a few weeks or a few months. Washing your baby's scalp daily with a mild shampoo can help you loosen and remove the scales.

    Jennifer Tzeses

    Jennifer Tzeses

    Jennifer Tzeses is a writer and content strategist specializing in health, beauty, psychology and lifestyle.