Eczema myths busted

Eczema myths busted

One in five children in the UK have eczema, and there are countless myths surrounding what causes it and what can cure it. Dermatologist Dr Adam Friedmann sorts fact from fiction.

 Blue baby

Diet is the reason for my child's eczema

Although a child with a food allergy can be a little sensitive, this is not where eczema stems from.

The exact causes of eczema are unknown. There are many triggers for flare-ups and the key is to find out what these triggers are so that you can control your child's exposure to them.

Only a small number of children, generally under age three, with eczema are helped by changes in diet.

I often have parents come into my clinic who have cut out everything - down to eating bread and drinking water - but cutting food groups can just make their child more unwell.

It is best to have a healthy, balanced diet as this will have a positive effect on the immune system.

Steroids will permanently damage my child's skin

Topical steroids are a valuable tool in the treatment or control of eczema, particularly during a flare-up. They can reduce redness and inflammation and make the skin less itchy and sore, giving it a chance to heal.

Problems arise when steroids are misused - if instructions for the treatment are followed correctly, the skin can recover properly and the eczema will be much easier to manage.

Eczema can be cured

There is no cure for eczema. However, with the right treatment, it can be controlled. The good news is that, for 90 per cent of children with eczema, the condition will become less severe with time.

Stay away from swimming pools

It is important to be careful of chlorine in pools as this can irritate eczema – shower your child before they go into the pool and moisturise them before they get in. Ensure you shower them afterwards and moisturise them well before getting them dressed, too.

Avoid exercise

Sweating hard during exercise can make the eczema temporarily worse. The key is to be prepared. Reduce the risk of your child's skin getting irritated by moisturising them before and after exercise, ensuring they drink plenty of water and dress them in loose, cotton clothing over synthetics like polyester or Spandex.

Extreme change in temperature can also have an affect on the condition. Avoid hot showers and also stay away from fragranced shower gels or soaps.

Keeping flare-ups at bay

I recommend regularly moisturising to retain the skin's moisture, avoid irritants such as soap, wipes and fragrances and wash with creams such as aqueous cream or dermol.

Also ensure your child gets plenty of sleep; it is a known fact that exhaustion lowers the immune system and make most rashes worse.

For National Eczema Week (September 12-20), sensitive laundry and washing up brand Surcare has teamed up with Dr Adam Friedmann from the Harley Street Dermatology Clinic to bring sufferers expert advice.

RELATED ARTICLES

Related Articles

21 amazing facts about your pelvic floor
Pregnancy
21 amazing facts about your pelvic floor
21 amazing facts about your pelvic floor Your pelvic floor is one of the most...
25 important things you should know about Caesareans
Labour and Birth
25 important things you should know about Caesareans
25 important things you should know about Caesareans Around one in four UK...
Quick exercise tips for busy mums
You and your body
Quick exercise tips for busy mums
Quick exercise tips for busy mums Jemma Thomas, a qualified personal trainer,...
20 reasons having a baby is good for you
You and your body
20 reasons having a baby is good for you
20 reasons having a baby is good for you From better memory (yes, really) to...

save-20-at-start-riteFashion

Save 20% at Start-rite

Save 20% with this month's reader offer at Start-rite
20-fascinating-facts-about-twinsBaby

20 fascinating facts about twins

Discovering you’re having two babies can be a shock. Don't panic. Read these facts.
geri-horner-spotted-out-on-a-stroll-aston-martin-edition-pushchairCelebrity & Lifestyle

Geri Horner spotted out on a stroll with new baby in Aston Martin pushchair

The 44-year-old former Spice Girl shared the adorable picture of herself pushing her new baby Monty.
win-a-bailey-crib-mattress-bundle-from-izziwotnotWin

Win a Bailey Crib & Mattress Bundle from Izziwotnot

Enter our competition for a chance to win a Bailey Crib & Mattress Bundle worth £295
win-a-luxury-weekend-in-portugal-s-algarveWin

Win a luxury weekend in Portugal’s Algarve

Your chance to win a mini-break made in heaven, offering a refreshing balance of ‘Me Time’ and family fun..
two-baby-bundles-to-win-worth-975Win

Two baby bundles to win worth £975

This month, we’re offering one lucky reader plus a runner-up the chance to take home their own baby bundle