Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition that causes uncomfortable, itchy rashes for many toddlers. Read on to learn more about this common skin condition, its causes, and solutions.
Eczema is a general term for any ‘dermatitis’ or skin inflammation that affects up to 9.6 million children in the United States. It causes an itch-scratch cycle, meaning the inflammation leads to itching, and scratching the itch leads to the release of chemicals that leads to more inflammation.
The symptoms associated with baby eczema may wax and wane, be mild, moderate, or severe, and may affect different parts of the body. Typically, children with eczema will have itchy, dry, and sensitive skin. In some, the skin may appear scaly, rough, red or darkened, and inflamed. If severe, it may ooze, crack, or even bleed.
Baby eczema may appear anywhere on the body. However, it most commonly affects the face, neck, wrists, ankles, and bends of the elbows and knees in children.
The precise causes of baby eczema are unknown, and a variety of factors can trigger flare-ups. There may be a familial tendency towards eczema, and it may be related to conditions such as allergies, asthma, or food sensitivity.
In some children, contact irritants can aggravate the skin, such as soaps, shampoos, detergents, or even chlorine. For others, environmental allergens may be a trigger; these can include dust mites, pollen, mold, and dander (from house pets). Some parents notice that hot or cold temperatures can exacerbate their child’s eczema.
Foods that have been implicated in the development of eczema include cow milk products, wheat, eggs, soy, and even nuts and seeds.
Eczema can be triggered by a long list of factors – and the ideal solution is finding and addressing the cause. Adopting some of the following healthy habits may reduce the frequency and intensity of your toddler eczema symptoms:
Also, identifying and then removing a potential food trigger may help baby eczema symptoms. A useful starting point is to keep a 7-day diet diary to see a possible relationship between food intake and toddler eczema. If cow milk appears to be a trigger, consider swapping it out for naturally easy to digest Kabrita Goat Milk Formula*.
Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula is designed to maintain the natural comfort of little ones during feeding transitions, such as weaning, supplementing, or changing formulas due to minor issues associated with cow milk sensitivity*.
*Not suitable for cow milk protein allergy
We encourage parents to consult their little one’s healthcare provider before making a feeding change.