Eczema (also known as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis) is a very common condition where the skin is dry, red and itchy. Children with eczema often scratch throughout the night and have poor sleep. As a result, it can also affect their behaviour, growth and development. This can impact on the whole family.
Good management of eczema is likely to reduce the need for hospital referral and improve quality of life for children and their families. Recent research suggests it may also help in preventing the development of food allergies in high risk babies.