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Caring for a child who has eczema

December 2012

Skin care plays an essential role in helping a child with eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) feel better. Practicing good eczema skin care can:

  • Alleviate skin dryness, itch, and cracking.
  • Improve a child's response to treatment.
  • Decrease the need for medicine.

This month, dermatologists share tips for eczema skin care in a new video. If your child has eczema, you'll want to watch this video.

Eczema: Tips to help your child feel better (2:47)

What dermatologists tell their patients

The truth is no one thing — not even avoiding allergens — can control eczema. Successfully managing this complex condition requires:

  • Practicing good eczema skin care.
  • Using treatments as directed.
  • Avoiding common skin irritants like wool clothing.
  • Learning what causes your eczema to flare so that you can avoid these things.

Patients who follow this approach tend to keep their eczema under control.

More eczema tips

Daily skin care essential to control atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Proper treatment helps ease burden of eczema

Text messages may improve teen's eczema

In the news

Use health apps with caution
When it comes to health apps, medical experts warn that you should use these with caution. An investigation by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (Center) finds that many health apps:

  • Do not work.
  • Could, in some cases, endanger a person's health.

The Center examined some 1,500 health apps. All of the apps they examined cost money and have been available since 2011. What the investigators found was that one in five apps included a claim that it could treat or cure a medical problem. To treat or cure a condition, the app replied on the smartphone’s sound, light, or vibrations. Scientists say none of these methods could possibly work for the conditions in question.

Before you rely on a health app from Apple’s App Store, Google Play, or elsewhere, be sure to read: Lacking regulation, many medical apps questionable at best.

Academy news

Skin needs sunscreen in winter, too
Protecting your skin from the sun is just as important in the winter as in the summer. When the sun’s rays reflect off the snow, the rays are intense. These rays can damage our skin, causing premature skin aging and even skin cancer.

Many people do not realize this, but Julia Mancuso does. Julia, a professional skier and three-time Olympic medalist, knows how to protect her skin during the winter. To help you do the same, Julia is serving as a SPOTlighter with the American Academy of Dermatology’s (Academy) SPOT Skin Cancer® initiative. You’ll find Julia’s tips for protecting your skin on and off the slopes at Julia Mancuso's story.

Do you have a story about skin cancer to share?
You don’t have to be an Olympic medalist to share your story. If you have a story about how skin cancer has affected your life, we’d like to hear from you. Many people have shared their personal stories about skin cancer. Their stories help create awareness about this disease and offer support and encouragement to others going through similar challenges. You can read stories that others have shared or share you own story by visiting these pages:

Next month: Shaving tips for smooth skin



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