It seems everyone knows somebody who has eczema. In fact, eczema afflicts over 15 million in the US and 10-20% of infants. But did you know that there are six types of eczema? If you suspect that your child has eczema, reach out to your pediatrician. Knowing what type of eczema your child has will be tremendously helpful because you can better understand the triggers and the lifestyle changes that will best help keep it under control.
Why does my child have eczema?
Eczema is just one of the body’s ways of saying, “hello there, I’m trying to get your attention”. It can be triggered by any number of factors such as diet, contact with allergens, temperature, dry or excessively humid environments, stress, other medications etc. As parents, we can relate to how you feel because our boys went through the same thing. If your little one is diagnosed with eczema, you’ll need to become extremely attentive and observant about what the underlying causes might be. Have you recently introduced solid foods? Switched lotions, detergents, household cleaning products? Traveled somewhere? Document everything when you see eczema flareups occur to be best prepared for that conversation with your pediatrician or skin specialist. They’re going to ask you all these questions.
How worried should I be about my child’s eczema?
We get this question all the time and as parents ourselves, we understand that you just want to be reassured that everything is going to be OK. Our best advice is to figure out what’s causing your child’s eczema and be vigilant about keeping your child from scratching excessively because that can cause skin to become infected. Skin infections are never a good thing. Consistent daily maintenance of eczema is key.
But here is the thing, you’re never going to 100% cure eczema with a topical treatment. This is because no steroid, cream, or balm will get at the root cause of why eczema is flaring up. Balms like our Sensitive Skin Soother are a safe, completely natural and non-toxic tool to help take care of the physical skin-related symptoms of the eczema, but you’ve got to determine the root cause. From our experience and that of countless others, we know that consistent, daily moisturization and itch relief are key to helping soothe eczema and keep it from getting out of control, but they don’t cure the driving force behind your little one getting eczema in the first place. It helps to know more about all the different types of eczema.
Six Types of Eczema
Atopic Dermatitis – The most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis, is sort of the catch all term for eczema but is not the only type of eczema. It is, however, most commonly the type of eczema that babies and young children suffer from. It appears as red, inflamed, dry skin patches on the skin that are very itchy. It can creep up almost anywhere on the body but is most common around the elbows, backs of legs, torso, nipples, cheeks, and hands. There are several different theories about what causes atopic dermatitis. The prevailing theories are that it’s caused by a dysregulated immune system or deficiencies in the skin barrier. It’s a chronic issue and is sometimes accompanied by asthma or hay fever. There is some research that suggests that in addition to daily moisturization, sunlight can be very helpful in keeping symptoms at bay. Talk to your pediatrician about how to incorporate sunlight and vitamin D into your child’s care regimen.
Contact Dermatitis – Brought about by contact with an allergen, contact dermatitis is the body very clearly telling you that it’s sensitive or allergic to something that has physically contacted with the body. It’s an immune response to an allergen and will appear as a red, itchy rash. It’s important to be mindful of new detergents, soaps, lotions etc. that your children so that you can make the connection. Very often, when kids start attending daycare or pre-school, they’re using new hand soap, baby wipes, diapers, and are exposed to different cleaning solutions and this can bring on contact dermatitis. Additionally, children and babies with sensitive skin may get bouts of contact dermatitis if they put on new clothing that hasn’t been washed yet because many garments are treated with chemical agents to keep them store ready.
Seborrheic Dermatitis – You may have heard of seborrheic dermatitis as it is most often associated with dandruff in the scalp. In babies, seborrheic dermatitis is cradle cap. In adults or older children, it can also present itself as dry plaques of flaky skin in parts of the body that are typically oily – scalp, crevices of the nose, eyebrows, chin – but it doesn’t necessarily appear in all these places. It is thought to be brought on by an overabundance of yeast in the body’s system.
Nummular Dermatitis – Nummular dermatitis (aka nummular eczema or discoid eczema) is characterized by the round, coin like appearance on the skin – it most often gets mistaken for ringworm because they look very similar. Therefore, it’s very important to your pediatrician to verify the diagnosis. Specialists are not quite sure what brings on nummular dermatitis. According to the National Eczema Association, nummular eczema most commonly affects men, usually between the ages of 55 and 65 years old. If women experience the condition, they typically notice it between the ages of 13 and 25 years old. However, it can still occur in young children.
Stasis Dermatitis – Stasis dermatitis (aka gravitational dermatitis, venous eczema, and venous stasis dermatitis) is caused by poor circulation and damaged veins in the lower legs. This type of eczema is much more common in older individuals (50+) and more frequently afflicts women. It generally presents itself as swollen, lower legs with red, dry, scaly & flaky skin. You’re very unlikely to see this in this in an infant or child.
Dyshidrotic Eczema – Dyshidrotic eczema shows up as terribly itchy little bumps and blisters on the palms of hands, fingers, toes and soles of feet. It’s thought to be brought about by stress, too exposure to water, or an allergic reaction to nickel or copper.How can I help treat my child's eczema? We've compiled a guide of our best eczema management advice that you can access by clicking here.
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