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For Your Patients: Skin Care to Control the Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis in Children

Atopic dermatitis, also known as “eczema,” is a common skin condition that affects approximately 15% of children in the United States. While most cases are diagnosed by age 5, over half of all cases develop in the first year of life. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include dry, itchy skin, as well as painful, itchy rashes. Even children with mild symptoms should be treated, as untreated atopic dermatitis can lead to a host of other health problems, including skin infections, sleep disturbances, and an increased risk of developing other allergic diseases such as hay fever, asthma, and food allergies. Experts also suspect that inadequate treatment in childhood may increase the risk of developing adult atopic dermatitis, which is associated with serious conditions like osteoporosis, depression, and heart disease. As such, parents play a vital role in their child’s treatment plan, working closely with their healthcare provider to keep symptoms under control.

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