Allergies among children have long been on the rise, so it's no surprise that rates of eczema, an allergic skin condition, are growing, too. The worst part of eczema is the itchiness, which can get so bad it keeps kids awake all night. Scratching, meanwhile, can lead to broken skin--and infections. Doctors say that despite fears of topical steroids, which can stop itching but may have side effects, parents shouldn't hesitate to treat kids who are uncomfortable.