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Childhood atopic eczema – how to answer the questions parents ask?

Julie Van Onselen details commonly asked questions surrounding the treatment of this skin condition

Atopic eczema is a very common skin condition, which affects 20% of children in the UK and is increasing year-on-year1. Atopic eczema generally presents in infancy, with 60% of all children with atopic eczema, developing it in the first six months of life.1 Health care professionals involved in child health will be asked questions about atopic eczema management by parents and carers. Health care professionals have an essential role in supporting and informing parents and carers on the management of childhood atopic eczema. This article will provide an overview of managing childhood atopic eczema by discussing ten common questions asked frequently by parents and carers. The evidence base is discussed in this article for these frequently asked questions to help health care professionals formulate informative answers for parents and carers of children with atopic eczema.

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