Atopic eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes rash, itching and scratching and which develops in early childhood. The disease has a relapsing remitting pattern. There are clear genetic associations with other allergic conditions such as asthma and hay fever.
Some children with eczema may have an underlying Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy. Identification of these patients is important as removal of cow’s milk protein from the diet (under the supervision of a health care professional) can have a huge impact on the child’s quality of life.
Treatment involves using emollients, creams, anti-histamines and topical steroids. In those with an identified allergic trigger, that trigger should be removed or minimised from the child’s environment.