Eczema , Pediatric Integrative Specialty Services

Greater Regional Health

Cheri Standing, MD

Pediatrician located in Creston, IA

If you’re noticing itchy, scaly patches on your child’s skin, it may be the result of eczema. If your child suffers from eczema, call us today schedule a consultation to find out more about how Dr. Standing can help.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema (atopic dermatitis)?

Eczema is a common condition that leads to itchy, scaly rashes on the skin. Eczema is a type of dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, called atopic dermatitis. There are different types of eczema, but all of them lead to a reaction similar to an allergy, which is what causes the skin to become inflamed. For some types of eczema, a specific substance can trigger the rash, while for others, it seems to appear out of nowhere.

Eczema is especially common in infants and young children. Sometimes eczema goes away as the child ages, but other times the symptoms can follow them into adulthood. It’s also possible to develop eczema for the first time in adulthood.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Often eczema is noted as a rash on your child’s chin or cheeks, but it can occur on any part of the body. Common symptoms include:

  • Cradle crap
  • Rash on the face, scalp, inside of elbows, knees, ankles, or hands
  • Itchy patches that get worse when scratched
  • Areas of dry, leathery skin
  • Blisters that ooze, crust over, and/or flake off
  • Redness and inflammation of the skin
  • A cycle of the rash flaring up and then clearing

What are the treatments for eczema rashes?

Understanding your child’s triggers helps with treating their eczema. Dr. Standing can help you identify the triggers so that your child can avoid them. In severe cases, conventional medications such as calcineurin inhibitors (prescription creams) or steroids may be necessary. Dr. Standing will also recommend a holistic treatment plan customized for your child, which may include:

  • An anti-inflammatory diet
  • Stress management techniques (stress can often trigger eczema flare-ups)
  • Natural creams and remedies

If you are motivated and committed to making lifelong diet and lifestyle changes, are interested in helping your child learn and appreciate some of the approaches that are often only offered to adults---like yoga, mindfulness, and nutritional education---contact Dr. Standing today to reserve a seat at her next free dinner talk. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the

best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6-month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process to make sure you feel supported. As you and Dr. Standing discover what works for your child, you can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.