According to a Malaysian atopic dermatitis report, over 20 percent of Malaysian children are affected by atopic dermatitis or eczema.1 Low awareness and persistent misconceptions contribute to the poor management of the condition.
We all know the common culprits—scratchy fabrics, drying soaps, and fragrant skincare—but because triggers vary from person to person, it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact reason for your child’s flareup. To help identify what may be angering your child’s sensitive skin, here are some of the less common culprits that could provoke your child’s eczema.
#1 -Overly Heaty or Cold Temperatures
Whether it is the hot blazing sun or the cold air condition, the change of temperature may be a cause that triggers your child’s eczema. Noticing what kind of weather affects your child’s skin the most can help you figure out how to manage flare-ups. If cold, dry weather does it, try keeping your child’s skin moisturized. If hot, humid weather does it, try to maintain an even body temperature and lessen sweat by wearing loose, cotton clothing and staying hydrated.
#2- Airborne Dust
Airborne dust consists of particles in the environment such as pollen, dust mites, and pet dander, which act as allergens and cause an eczema flare-up. This is one of the trickiest eczema trigger because it is quite impossible to avoid dust. However, using mattress and pillow covers, cleaning rugs (or getting rid of them entirely), and vacuuming frequently will help.
#3 – Stress
Is there anything that might be stressing your child out? Maybe it’s exam week or there’s a presentation, school concert etc. It isn’t just adults that gets stressed out, kids do get them too and it does trigger eczema to get worse.
According to research, stress increases cortisol (stress hormones), which in turn causes an uptick of inflammation in the body. Because glucocorticoids (another stress hormone) causes a disruption of the skin barrier function, stress also leads to a weakened skin barrier.2
Ever notice your child getting itchy or red marks while playing at the playground or while doing physical activities? Physical activity is no doubt an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but if your child is living with eczema, it’s possible that sweating a lot could trigger a flare.
Human sweat contains trace elements of nickel, zinc, copper, iron, and sodium, among others, and the build-up of these natural chemicals on your child’s skin may irritate their eczema. Try keep a portable fan nearby (if possible), wipe their sweat as often as you can with a clean towel, and ensure they take a shower immediately.
#5 – Saliva
Do you notice any red patches around your baby’s cheeks and chin? This could be due to drooling. While saliva or drooling doesn’t cause eczema, it can dry out a baby’s skin and cause itchy, red spots. To avoid this, try applying a protective layer that is safe for sensitive skin.
When it comes to managing your child’s eczema, having a proper bathing and moisturising regime is essential. Some of the key things to keep in mind are:
- Water temperature – The water temperature when you bath your child must feel cool on the skin.
- Towelling – When towelling, eczema affected areas must be gently patted and not rubbed dry.
- Moisturising – Moisturising should be done immediately after bathing, while the skin still feels damp.
While eczema can still be a stubborn condition that may not go away, know that you are not alone. By keeping up with good habits, understanding your child’s eczema triggers and moisturising often, you may find it easier to manage your child’s eczema – keeping both parents and child happy!
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