What’s the deal with eczema in kids?

May 24, 2018
Children’s Health, Pregnancy, Your Health is Their Health

Want to know more about eczema in children? Here’s some basic information to get you started…

Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis and usually appears in early childhood. It’s an inflammatory condition that plagues one in three Australians at some point in their lives. It occurs in around one in five children under two years of age and often improves with age.

If a child has parents who suffered from eczema, or a family history of eczema, the child is 80 percent more likely to develop the skin irritation. Eczema is not contagious – you can’t contract it from someone.

Typical symptoms

Although common, the symptoms of eczema can vary greatly from individual to individual. The skin of people who suffer from eczema typically has less water retaining properties, and moisture is easily lost from the skin causing it to dry out easily.

Some may experience a red and patchy rash across their face, neck, inner elbows, or hands. Others may notice their skin feeling irritated and developing a “leathery” thick feel, and certain people describe their skin weeping or expelling a watery liquid.

Some triggers

There is no one trigger for an eczema flare up, but evolving research has shown that the condition can be aggravated by different internal and external factors. Internal factors can include reactions to foods like dairy or wheat products. Even alcohol can activate an eczema flare up.

Reactions to stress can also stimulate the onset of a scratching and itching cycle. External triggers can include irritants like tobacco, chemicals, or extreme climates, as well as allergens like dust mites and pollens.When it comes to a flare up, the more the person scratches the more the skin feels itchy.

Managing eczema

There are a number of ways to manage a flare up of eczema. Moisturisers are commonly used to lubricate and soothe the skin. Calendula, chamomile and honey creams can be used to help reduce inflammation as well as support the healing process of the skin.

We are only just starting to understand eczema, but there are some things we can do to avoid aggravating the condition. Avoiding the use of common triggers and wearing loose cotton clothing may be two ways to manage this condition.


So now you have an arsenal of tips to help manage eczema, is there anything we can do to try and help reduce the risk of developing this condition in the first place?

Supplementing with the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in the first two years of life may assist in reducing the prevalence of eczema in young children who have a family history of this condition. Life-Space Probiotics have a range of probiotics formulated for all stages of life and L. rhamnosus HN001 can be found in Probiotic for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding and Probiotic Powder for Baby.

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