Eczema Cause Associated with a Child’s Age

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Can you pinpoint an eczema cause based on the age of your child when they started showing symptoms? A new study believes they’ve done exactly that.

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More than 1,000 babies were studied over a period of 18 months, and scientists discovered that eczema can be activated by different triggers depending on how old the child is when they develop symptoms …

  • Newborn to 6 months old: Maternal history of allergies
  • Babies 6-12 months old: Daycare attendance*
  • Children age 1 and older: Intake of antibiotics during their first six months**

*Now, we read the part about daycare attendance and immediately squawked — because, really, isn’t daycare exposing children to germs that are going to strengthen their immune system? The scientists were surprised, too, but other studies have confirmed that “a higher presense of allergens in these settings” might sensitize some children to allergies.

**The study showed that taking antibiotics so young can disrupt the gut’s microflora and suppress the production of proteins, making a child more prone to allergic reactions.

Healthcare providers can better treat a person’s eczema if they know what’s causing it, so the research team is planning to explore other factors — like diet, weight gain, environmental allergens, and chemicals in the house — may be associated with developing eczema.

H/T MedicalXPress

Heather Laura Clarke, a contributing writer at Scratch or Sniff, lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her high-school sweetheart husband, seven-year-old son, and five-year-old daughter. She writes for newspapers and magazines across Canada and the U.S., and blogs about her family life at Heather's Handmade Life. Follow her adventures on Twitter or Instagram.

1 Comment to Eczema Cause Associated with a Child’s Age

  1. Melissa

    How about before suggesting daycare is a trigger for eczema, look at the pamphlet which comes with every vial of vaccine. You will read that eczema is a side effect. Also think about the child diet. Eczema is a gut issue.

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