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Updated October 22, 2010

This skin rash picture demonstrates a classic case of eczema, which can be helpful in diagnosing your child with eczema.
A classic case of eczema, which can be helpful in diagnosing your child with eczema.

This skin rash picture demonstrates a classic case of eczema, which can be helpful in diagnosing your child with eczema.

Photo © Richard Stanley

Eczema is usually diagnosed based on the appearance of the itchy rash in typical areas, including the forehead, cheeks, arms and legs in infants, and the creases or insides of the elbows, knees, and ankles in older children.

Eczema is often described as a very itchy rash, that is often red, rough or irritated, scaly, and can become oozing.

Although eczema can sometimes be hard to control, the basics of preventing eczema can help, including avoiding known triggers, such as harsh soaps, bubble baths, overheating and sweating, wool and polyester clothing, and the liberal use of moisturizers, especially using a moisturizer every day and within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower.

When your child's eczema gets worse or flares, the typical eczema treatments include using topical steroids and the newer non-steroidal medications like Elidel and Protopic.

For hard-to-control eczema, parents might try using an antihistamine to control itching, wet dressings or wet-to-dry dressings, and even antibiotics if your child has signs of a secondary skin infection.

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