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Eczema and dermatitis are both skin disorders, similar in appearance, and are usually caused by allergies, dietary factors or metabolic disorders. The more common of these two types of external skin problems in children is atopic eczema, and those who suffer from eczema often suffer from other allergic conditions such as asthma.



From six months of age, the symptoms of eczema may manifest themselves, often first appearing as a rash on the cheeks or small weeping cracks behind the ears. The condition often worsens and becomes generalised eczema in which the whole body may become affected by the rash. The rash may be wet, crusty, weeping and very itchy or dry: with dry, scaly itchy lesions. The most common site is on exterior surfaces such as inside of elbow and behind knee, but may be genetalised.



Allergies, dietary factors or metabolic disorders.

Diet - The diet should exclude any foods that exacerbate the condition. Common problem foods include:

  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Artificial colors and flavors
  • Preservatives


Natural Therapies

  • The mineral zinc is a traditional treatment for many skin conditions, as is vitamin A.
  • Evening primrose oil has been clinically found to help reduce the severity of eczema in both children and adults.


Lifestyle Factors

Increase the amount of essential fatty acid -containing foods such as deep sea fish, salmon, sardines, linseeds, sunflower seeds and oils from these in your diet.



Avoid allowing chemicals and detergents to make contact with the skin.


Important Notes

Consult your healthcare professional if:

  • Over-the-counter remedies don't work
  • Your condition worsens

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