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Brief Academic Review and Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pediatric Atopic Dermatitis


Yue Bo Yang, Amir Gohari and Joseph Lam*   Pages 1 - 9 ( 9 )


In this clinical guidelines article, we first include a brief review of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical diagnoses, and scoring-scales for pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD). We then offer a set of pharmacologic treatment guidelines for infants and toddlers (<2 years), children (2-12 years), and adolescents (>12 years). We recommend irritant avoidance and liberal emollient usage as the cornerstone of treatment in all age-groups. In infants <2 years, we recommend topical corticosteroids as first-line medication-based therapy. In infants as young as 3 months, pimecrolimus, a topical calcineurin inhibitor may also be used. As a last resort in patients <2 years, non-traditional therapies, such as the Aron regime, may be a safer option for refractory or resistant AD before off-label medications are considered. In children and adolescents >2 years, topical corticosteroids are still considered first-line therapies, but there is sufficient safety data to utilize topical calcineurin inhibitors and topical PDE4 inhibitors as well. In children ages 2-12 years whose atopic dermatitis fails to respond to prior treatments, oral systemic immunosuppressants can be used. For adolescents >12, the biologic, dupilumab, is an additional therapeutic option. A trial of phototherapy may also be utilized in children, particularly in adolescents >12 years if they have access to treatment. Although not currently approved for the treatment of AD, Janus-kinase (JAK) inhibitors represent a promising new class of biologics with recently completed phase III clinical trials (JADE-MONO1/2).


Pediatrics, Atopic Dermatitis, Guideline, Treatment, Review, Dupilumab


MD Undergraduate Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, MD Undergraduate Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, Departments of Paediatrics and Dermatology and Skin Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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