What is Atopic Dermatitis ?
Atopic Dermatitis….. not well understood…..
Atopic Dermatitis affects 10-15% of newborns, making it the #1 chronic infant disorder.
Bothersome for both babies and their families, it often starts very early but doesn’t affect normal development. Most of the time, it usually goes away during childhood.
The biggest risk factor for developing infant AD is a family history of hay fever, eczema, respiratory or food allergies…
Main types of Atopic Dermatitis
It is a combination of red oozing and itchy skin patches and atopic xerosis with dry skin which will need to be moisturized and “lipid nourished”.
Affected areas (cheeks, forehead, trunk, followed by elbow folds and knees) vary from one child to another.
In all cases, the resulting itching is a source of suffering for the child which in turn affects the entire family. Insomnia is most often shared by the parents…
Possible complications include frequent overinfections from scratched lesions which often carry Staphylococcus, Streptococcus or other Herpes virus.
Fortunately, the physician is able to face these situations:
- Emollient products for atopic xerosis to cleanse, moisturize, dry the skin and prevent infections, overinfections and mainly to soothe.
- Emollient and relaxing massages. Specifically massages using a moisturizing (or emollient) cream which is a special moment of the day for a child. A time filled with softness, soothing, of contact and sharing with his mother or father.
- Topical corticosteroid (while carefully respecting the protocol indicated by the physician for applications, counting the number of tubes used, etc.) prescribed for eczema flare-ups.