Decalogue for children with atopic dermatitis

Written by: Dra. Marta Feito
Published: | Updated: 21/05/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

This decalogue can guide patients with atopic dermatitis, ten tips to control and care for the skin:

  1. It is recommended that children with atopic dermatitis take a daily bath. It will preferably be short and without excessively hot water, as this will make the itch worse. There are also numerous cleaning products without syndet that do not damage the skin and favor its hydration. 
  2. After the shower, you should dry the child's skin gently , without rubbing the towel, applying light touches. 
  3. It is advisable to wear cotton garments. In many cases the wool makes the itching worse. 
  4. Avoid scratching the lesions. Scratching increases the inflammation and also increases the risk of bacterial and viral infections, as wounds may be used as input to infectious agents. 
  5. High temperature environments and tight clothing increase sweating. This increases the itching and the need to scratch. 
  6. The use of moisturizers is highly indicated, as it helps to prevent new outbreaks. Should be applied on healthy xerotic skin but without eczema, when already cured by appropriate medical treatments. The best time to use them is after the bath or shower. 
  7. Topical corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus, pimecrolimus) help control eczema, although the dermatologist should regulate their use. 
  8. Patients with atopic dermatitis often also have other associated processes, such as asthma, pollen allergy or food intolerances. Since in many cases these disorders follow independent courses, only the consumption of foods that clearly worsen dermatitis should be avoided. 
  9. For some patients bathing in swimming pools worsens their symptoms. In the market barrier creams are available, which previously applied protect the skin from irritant irritation. 
  10. Exposure to the sun can be beneficial , although sunburn should always be avoided.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Marta Feito
Pediatric dermatology

Dr. Feito is a young company specializing in pediatric dermatology and treatment of skin cancer, as well as acne and child dermatological surgery. With significant experience and national and international training, is also responsible for one of the blogs infnatil reference pediatrics in our country.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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