Eczema in children

Eczema is a skin problem in which children suffer from dry skin with flare-ups of itching, redness and flaking.

Atopic eczema usually develops in childhood, but can actually start at any age. It is primarily a problem of the 'skin barrier' function, which quickly becomes damaged as a result. It can also be of an allergic nature: in young children the allergy is mainly to food, while in the elderly it is more to pollen, house dust mites or hair of animals with fur.

In babies, lesions can occur all over the body, especially the cheeks, scalp and the outside of the arms and legs. Later, it can mainly be seen in the folds of the arms and legs and the wrists. Even in adulthood it can still be extensive, in the folds and on the eyelids.

Eczema is a chronic condition with occasional flare-ups and requires, among other things, continuous attention to proper skin care with moisturising creams.

Your doctor will discuss appropriate treatment and care with you and plan additional examinations if necessary.


Your doctor will discuss the treatment options with you.

Last modified on 6 July 2022


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