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Getting To Know Dermatitis: Cause, Symptoms and Treatment

Posted Sep 11 2012 6:00am
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My third soon often complains of itchiness behind his knees.. I thought it was just ants, then we noticed that his skin on that area becomes flaky and reddish. His pedia said he is suffering from Dermatitis. She said it was infantile eczema or Atopic Dermatitis to be exact.

It was my first time to heard such as thing, so as any mommy would do, I asked the big G for more information: what is atopic dermatitis? what causes atopic dermatitis, what are the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, how to treat atopic dermatitis and how to prevent atopic dermatitis.

What is Atopic Dermatitis? 

Well, according to our pedia, it is a skin inflammation. She said it was not nakakahawa or contagious. It can be very itchy and the child suffering from it experience discomfort. It can lead to infection though as when the child scratch with dirty hands.

What cause Atopic Dermatitis?

Pedia said it varies, it maybe food allergies, the sudden change in temperature, clothes material, dry skin or even due to auto immune reaction. Our pedia advised us to be very observant with my third son.. take note of the food he eats and see if this is the cause of his AD (atopic Dermatitis)

What are the symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis? 

Itchy and flaky skin. Blisters due to scratching.

How To Treat and How To Prevent Atopic Dermatitis? 

As the cause of AD varies, to prevent it, is to know the cause. If your kid is suffering from AD and the culprit is the food, pinpoint which and stop giving them that kind of food  to prevent AD.

Treating Atopic Dermatitis also includes pin pointing the cause so as to prevent it from getting worse. My pedia recommended the following:

  • Foskina B tow times daily
  • Use hypo allergenic soap such as Cetaphil Wash
  • Use Cetaphil lotion twice daily
  • Take a bath daily

Lucky me, I was given some Cetaphil products..exactly what I need! err what my little boy needs!

Here’s a fact from Cetaphil:

From the makers of Dermatologist and Pediatrician recommended brand of cleansers and moisturizers is Cetaphil Restoraderm. Cetaphil Restoraderm is formulated for very dry itchy skin. Cetaphil Restoraderm may help reduce the signs and symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis, improve quality of life, and prevent flare-ups and prolong remission. Cetaphil Restoraderm has two variants: moisturizer and wash.

The Cetaphil Restoraderm Moisturizer contains filaggrin breakdown products and ceramide precursor, which help restore the skin’s natural moisturizing factors and rebuild a healthy skin barrier. The Cetaphil Restoraderm Wash has a patented foaming technology called “Miracare” that contains high levels of nourishing oils to hydrate atopic skin. Cetaphil Restoraderm Wash is non-soap, lipid-free and has a neutral pH.

Cetaphil Restoraderm Moisturizer and Wash are both clinically proven effective and safe for use among babies, early as 3 months, and toddlers.

And here’s how my son’s AD a few days after using Cetaphil: (from flaky, reddish and itchy skin)

We learned that his AD was caused by eating chicken, mango, watermelon and egg! poor boy.. those are his favorites! Good thing I have Cetaphil with me, at least, even if he eats those food (in minimal amount of course) I am assured his AD will be not as bad as it was before.

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