Step-Wise Treatment of Atopic Dermatitis: Basics and Beyond

Noreen Heer Nicol, PhD, RN, FNP, NEA-BC


Pediatr Nurs. 2020;46(2):92-98. 

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Foundational Daily AD Skin Care

Atopic dermatitis guidelines for foundational, non-acute AD management recommend frequent and liberal use of moisturizers or emollients in conjunction with warm baths or showers to repair the skin barrier. Patients often are unclear about the specific recommendations or instructions to complete this skin care in AD management. Children with mild atopic dermatitis as pictured in Figure 2 respond well to this foundational care.

Figure 2.

Mild Atopic Dermatitis on Infant Face
Source: Courtesy of N.H. Nicol. Used with permission.