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October 1984

Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Dr W. L. Weston) and Pediatrics (Drs W. L. Weston and J. A. Weston), University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(10):932-936. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140480034012

• Allergic contact dermatitis accounts for up to 20% of all dermatitis in childhood. The major sources of contact allergy in childhood are metals, shoes, preservatives, and plants. There is considerable variability from region to region and country to country in the prevalence and causes of contact dermatitis in childhood. We suggest that patch testing be done more frequently in evaluating dermatitis in children. Topical or systemic glucocorticosteroids and allergen avoidance are the mainstays of therapy in childhood.

(AJDC 1984;138:932-936)