Eczema is a very common skin disease, affecting up to 20% of children in the world8. Even so, the causes of eczema are unknown, though there are a number of factors that likely contribute. Young children’s skin, especially babies’ skin, is more sensitive to environmental influences than that of adults so external, or environment factors, often contribute. Irritants ranging from wool or synthetic fabrics, excessive heat or soaps – even drool around a baby’s face – can all contribute. Genetics are also a factor, with research showing that children are more likely to develop eczema if they have siblings or parents who suffer from it7. A third factor is allergies which can include food allergies or allergies to external sources such as household pets, dust mites or pollen.
How to treat your little one’s eczema