Atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that causes dry, red, itchy skin. It is common in infants and children (2 in 10 babies). In babies, the rash often appears on face, limbs and/or trunk and is often recurrent.
It is allergy related and often seen along with asthma, allergic rhinitis (sinus) and allergic conjunctivitis. It can run in families with the above conditions.
It may flare up after consuming certain foods or may be triggered by contact with irritating substances (like chlorine or soap)
For more information on this common condition, follow the link to the American Academy of Pediatrics parent site