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By Dr Hannah Mortimereducational psychologist

Having eczema can affect a child’s daily life. This professional guidance will help you to be supportive of any children in your class who may have the condition

child with eczema

Eczema

What you need to know

  • Some children have a very itchy, dry, scaly, red rash on their face, their neck, their hands and in the creases of their limbs. For some children, this is widespread and can be debilitating. For others, there are just sore or irritating patches. It tends to run in families who suffer from hay fever and asthma.
  • Some children have the condition so severely that they are in constant discomfort. It can come and go in severity with good spells and bad spells, sometimes relating to the time of year.
  • The most common form (atopic eczema) typically develops in the first few months, and most children grow out of it by the time they are around three years old. By the time they start school, most children’s eczema will have improved.
  • Eczema can be triggered by certain foods, such as dairy products, eggs or wheat. An attack can also be set off by stress. It may be caused by skin irritants such as wool, washing detergents or pet fur.
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