Eczema is a dry skin condition. It happens in about 15 to 20 in 100 children. You can control your child's eczema with treatment and by avoiding things which can trigger your child's eczema. Treatment includes using lots of moisturiser, having a bath once a day and using steroids when your child's skin has active eczema.

Photo of child with eczema with her mother putting on moisturiser

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Eczema is a dry skin condition. You can easily manage most eczema at home but it needs care every day. There is no cure for eczema - just good management.

There are 3 really important steps when caring for your child with eczema: using lots of moisturiser; bathing once a day and using steroids when your child's skin has active eczema. Watch the video to see these steps in action.  

Find out how you can reduce eczema's impact on your child's quality of life. Use lots of moisturiser - at least twice a day, more if possible. Use it all over the body, including the face.

Bathing can be really helpful for children with eczema. Bathing once a day helps to clean the skin and prepares the skin for creams after the bath.

If your child's skin has active eczema and is red and itchy, topical steroids can help to soothe that and allow the skin to heal and become comfortable again. You use steroid creams alongside other important eczema treatments, particularly moisturisers and avoidance of soap.

Antiseptic baths 2 times a week can help prevent infection and improve eczema. Bleaches come in different strengths - see the instructions for how much to use.

An eczema action plan in English and Samoan. You can take this with you when you see your child's doctor.

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Fast facts on eczema and food allergy - from clinical immunology and allergy specialists in Australia and New Zealand.

Watch a video live chat with a children's skin doctor. She answers some common eczema and skin care questions from parents.

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