Atopic Dermatitis in Children

Aust Fam Physician. 2016 May;45(5):293-6.


Background: Atopic dermatitis is a frequent reason for presentation to general practice. A large number of children are affected by this condition and its treatment can cause significant anxiety for parents. The role of the general practitioner (GP) is to provide advice and allay concerns regarding conventional and alternative treatments.

Objective: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of atopic dermatitis management in children in the general practice setting. This article also reviews when it is necessary to refer to specialists, the evidence for management and the link to allergies.

Discussion: Prescribing topical steroids to young children with atopic dermatitis involves a thorough understanding of this condition. Achieving treatment compliance partly involves providing adequate explanation to parents in order to reduce their concerns regarding the long-term side effects of topical corticosteroids. Making GPs confident and knowledgeable about atopic dermatitis will make the interaction between the practitioner, families and children more rewarding.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Cutaneous
  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / diagnosis*
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / prevention & control
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / therapy
  • Dermatologic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Infant


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Dermatologic Agents