Eczema Specialist

Buono Pediatrics & Wellness

Pediatrics located in Millburn, NJ

Eczema is a common childhood condition, affecting about 20% of children worldwide. If your child’s dealing with red, itchy, skin or other eczema symptoms, fast treatment is crucial to reduce the flare-ups. Amy Buono, MD, and Donald Cotler, MD, the friendly pediatricians at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey, can soothe eczema irritation with highly effective treatments. Same day appointments are available. Book online or by phone today.

Eczema Q & A

What is eczema?

Eczema is a skin condition that causes inflammation, itching, and rashes. It usually starts before a child's first birthday, with around 60% of sufferers showing symptoms by that time and another 30% showing symptoms before they're 5 years old.

What are the signs of eczema?

The signs that your child has eczema can vary depending on the type of eczema. In the most common form of eczema, atopic dermatitis, symptoms include:

  • Red skin
  • Bumpy patches of skin
  • Rough patches of skin
  • Scaly skin
  • Intense itchiness
  • Cracked skin
  • Skin oozing or bleeding

Signs of other forms of eczema include:

  • Contact dermatitis: rash and itching after an allergic skin reaction
  • Dyshidrotic: blisters on hands or the bottom of feet
  • Nummular: coin-shaped bumps
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: flaky, scaly skin on the scalp

Children who suffer from eczema may be too young to communicate what they’re feeling verbally, but babies and toddlers with eczema may be unusually fussy due to the discomfort.

Will my child grow out of eczema?

Many children do outgrow eczema, but that may not happen until they’re a teenager or even older. For some sufferers, the symptoms continue for a whole lifetime. The best way to ensure that your child is comfortable is to get treatment now rather than waiting for it to go away naturally.

How is eczema treated?

Although eczema isn’t curable, it's very manageable. Dr. Buono or Dr. Cotler design eczema treatment according to your child's symptoms. Often, the best eczema treatment for children is a combination of prescribed treatments and home treatments.

Topical treatments

Topical treatments include moisturizers and may also include ointments or creams like corticosteroids, PDE4 inhibitors, or calcineurin inhibitors. If your child’s eczema does not respond to conventional therapies he/she may be referred to a dermatologist to explore other modes of treatment.

Additional home treatments may include bleach baths, wet wraps, and deep moisturizing. With your effort and the support of the Buono Pediatrics & Wellness team, your child can enjoy an itch-free life again.

Book your child’s appointment at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness by calling or using the online tool today.