symptoms of eczema are dry, red, itchy patches on the skin that can
become infected if they are constantly scratched. The skin may thicken
if the eczema persists. Eczema on young babies often first appears on
the cheeks and then spreads to knees and elbows. As children get older
it develops on the inside creases of knees, elbows and around the neck.
The eczema has periods when it flares up and then dies down again. Most
children grow out of eczema by the time that they reach puberty but it
is a distressing and uncomfortable ailment that requires advice from
your Naturapath or physician.
are a number of factors that may cause eczema to develop. When the skin
becomes weakened by the condition environmental triggers may also be
another cause of outbreaks in young children. Some reactions may be
caused by washing detergents, chemicals in fibres of clothing, pet
hair, dust mites, pollens in the air, chemicals used for cleaning.
There are washing detergents that do not contain added perfumes and
softeners. These might be useful to reduce outbreaks. Regularly
vacuuming and wet mopping can help to reduce the incidence of mites and
pet hair in the child's environment. Removing shrubs and plants that
are pollen laden from the immediate environment might also be useful.
forms of eczema.
There are a number of forms of
eczema and atopic dermatitis. The two most likely to be seen are
allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis.
Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by reaction to a
substance in contact with the skin. Many adults develop this form when
wearing cheap jewellery or introducing a chemical into their lives that
the body reacts to.
contact dermatitis is a reaction to chemicals, for
example, petrochemical based soaps and detergents.
very irritating, the itching can become almost unbearable and it is
very hard to prevent a young child from scratching. Keep their
fingernails short and at night time ensure that they are not
overheating. Apply a layer of Pot
of Gold skin balm to the affected area before bed to help
curb this itching cycle. If you can persuade them to keep mittens on
this may also help prevent scratching. Clothes against the skin should
be made of a soft, smooth material such as cotton rather than wool. If
your child does develop eczema you should visit your physician to
confirm that it is not another skin disorder. Mild attacks of eczema
may only need simple care for the sensitive skin by soothing with Pot of Gold skin balm or Pot of Gold baby balm, but
if the condition persists, consult your naturopath or physician."