This is a common skin disease in children. It is so common that people have given it a few names:

Eczema (name most people use)
Atopic (a-top-ic) eczema
Atopic dermatitis

Children often get atopic dermatitis (AD) during their first year of life. If a child gets AD during this time, dry and scaly patches appear on the skin.
These patches often appear on the scalp, forehead, and face.
These patches are very common on the cheeks.


A treatment plan often includes medicine, skin care, and lifestyle changes. Skin care and lifestyle changes can help prevent flare-ups.

A dermatologist will create a treatment plan tailored to the patient’s needs.
Medicine and other therapies will be prescribed as needed to:

Control itching.
Reduce skin inflammation (redness and swelling).
Clear infection.
Loosen and remove scaly lesions.
Reduce new lesions from forming.