Key recommendations from the guideline include the following:
• Healthcare professionals should adopt a holistic approach when assessing a child’s atopic eczema at each consultation, taking into account the severity of the atopic eczema and the child’s quality of life, including everyday activities and sleep, and psychosocial wellbeing.
• Healthcare professionals should use a stepped approach for managing atopic eczema in children. This means tailoring the treatment step to the severity of the atopic eczema.
• Healthcare professionals should offer children with atopic eczema a choice of unperfumed emollients to use every day for moisturising, washing and bathing. This should be suited to the child’s needs and preferences, and may include a combination of products or one product for all purposes and should be easily available to use at nursery, pre-school or school.
• Healthcare professionals should spend time educating children with atopic eczema and their parents or carers about atopic eczema and its treatment.
• When clinically assessing children with atopic eczema, healthcare professionals should seek to identify potential trigger factors including: irritants, such as soaps and detergents, skin infections, contact allergens, food allergens and inhalant allergens.
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