Guidelines of care for the management of Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory condition characterized by frequent flare-ups. One out of six children in America are affected by this condition and its treatment generally causes significant anxiety for parents.
Eczema treatments fall into two categories, preventative and relieving. Preventative treatments are daily treatments and lifestyle changes including the avoidance of triggers. Regardless of the presence or absence of eczema, preventative treatments are ongoing. Relieving treatments should be started as soon as there is a flare-up, such as increasing redness and itch, and stopped when the symptoms are controlled. In severe cases, the flare-up treatment may include the use of a topical steroid.
Some tips to share with parents:
- Effective emollient regimens are the mainstay of atopic dermatitis management.
- Emollients with soothing properties are the preferred option.
- Effective and regular use of emollients has been found to decrease the need for topical corticosteroids.
- Adequate rehydration preserves the skin’s stratum corneum barrier, minimizing the direct effects of irritants and allergens on the skin and maximizing the effect of topically applied therapies.
The Happy Little Bodies Eczema care regimen for children includes a daily moisturizer, a reliever and a 2-in-1 wash and shampoo.