When And How To Use Steroid Creams For Children With Eczema

When And How To Use Steroid Creams For Children With Eczema

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.

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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. 

Remember:

  • steroid creams are safe and essential for eczema care
  • use steroids on any skin with red, itchy, active eczema
  • stop steroid creams when eczema has gone and start if eczema returns, but keep using moisturiser every day
  • if your child still has red, itchy, active eczema please see your doctor or nurse

See the rest of the eczema care videos

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Our grateful thanks to the family in consultation with Dr Diana Purvis, Dermatologist, Starship Hospital, and all the other families whose generosity was essential in the making of these videos. Thanks also to Kidzhealth (private paediatric care) and to Allergy NZ for providing facilities and support for filming. 

The information and video on this eczema page have been developed and approved by the Clinical Reference Group for the Paediatric Society NZ's Eczema Clinical Network.

This page last reviewed 15 October 2018.
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