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Childhood Eczema

Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition, characterised by dry, itchy and red skin. It can affect both children and adults, and is very individual in nature. Childhood eczema is usually the ‘atopic’ type, which commonly starts in childhood, often runs in families, and is linked to allergies and other allergic conditions like asthma and hay fever. Eczema is normally visible on the face, hands or body, and whilst it can be very itchy it is not contagious.

This Highlight presents findings from studies looking at a range of treatments for childhood eczema. We also hear from parents and their children who have eczema, and gain a better understanding of caring for eczema direct from a GP and dermatologists, alongside the support provided by national organisations.

Published: September 2017

Child with eczema on her face

Childhood eczema - evidence at a glance

The findings boiled down, alongside practical questions to consider.

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Child applying eczema cream

How NIHR research fits with NICE Guidance

What are the implications of the research for current guidance?

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Where to get advice and how to get involved

There are a number of organisations offering families guidance and support.

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Dietary supplements

An in-depth look at the research on childhood eczema

What is the evidence for different treatment options for childhood eczema?

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Eczema skin rash

About the evidence on childhood eczema

Find out more about the studies in this area and how their findings fit with current guidance. 

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1 in 5

children in the UK has eczema, and 1 in 12 adults.


of children with atopic eczema are referred to a dermatologist for further advice


of children with atopic eczema are symptom free by adolescence

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