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ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema) is a common skin condition in babies. It affects up to 25% of children, and an estimated 60% of people with eczema develop it during their first year of life. While there is no cure, dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology say most cases can be controlled with a customized skin care plan, which may include moisturizers, prescription medications and strategies to eliminate triggers.
“Children with eczema have extremely sensitive skin, so a proper skin care routine can go a long way in easing your baby’s discomfort and reducing flare-ups,” says board-certified dermatologist Anna Yasmine Kirkorian, MD, FAAD. “It’s also important to begin treating your child’s eczema as soon as you notice it, which can prevent the condition from worsening, making it more difficult to treat.”
To help manage your baby’s symptoms and decrease flare-ups, Dr. Kirkorian recommends the following tips:
“Children with eczema are more prone to skin infections, as eczema makes it easier for bacteria, viruses and other germs to get inside the body,” says Dr. Kirkorian. “If you notice an infection on your baby’s skin, such as pus-filled blisters, sores, or yellowish-orange crusts on the skin, or if you have questions about how to care for your baby’s eczema, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist.”
These tips are demonstrated in “How to Treat Eczema in Babies,” a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails.
To find a board-certified dermatologist in your area, visit aad.org/findaderm.
About the AAD
Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 20,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at (888) 462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), Instagram (@AADskin1), or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).