(HealthDay News) -- Eczema refers to a host of conditions characterized by red, irritated skin. It's not an allergy itself, but can be triggered by an allergic reaction. Infants and children are affected more often than adults.
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The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions to help keep eczema under control:
- Take lukewarm (not hot) baths with mild cleansers. Avoid soaps that dry the skin or contain fragrance.
- Let your child soak in an oatmeal bath, if your doctor recommends it.
- Don't scrub your child dry after a bath. Instead, gently pat the skin.
- Dress your child in soft, breathable clothing made from cotton, rather than made of a coarse fabric such as wool.
- Rub a moisturizing lotion, cream or ointment into your child's skin just after getting out of the bath.
- Apply a cool compress to irritated skin, and keep fingernails short to limit scratching.
- Rid the home of as many allergens as possible.
- Encourage your child to drink plenty of water, which will hydrate the skin.
-- Diana Kohnle
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