Eczema

This is a very common condition in childhood. It can usually be managed with creams. Children with eczema need to be on long term emollients or moisturisers eg ultrabase, to prevent flares. These should be used at least twice a day in large amounts. Steroid creams e.g. hydrocortisone, eumovate are commonly used for flares of eczema only. They should be applied sparingly, just until the skin is shiny, usually at least 20mins after the moisturiser. We sometimes also prescribe bath oils e.g. balneum and soap substitutes e.g. aqueous cream

Some children benefit from avoiding things which may trigger their eczema e.g. wool, house dustmite, scented products.

Below are some useful links on what eczema is and how to manage it:

British Association of Dermatologists

NHS Choices