ECZEMA EPI­DEMIC: IS IT MORE COM­MON?

Little Treasures - - BABY HEALTH -

It seems like many more ba­bies and chil­dren are be­ing af­fected by eczema, and no­body re­ally un­der­stands why, says Dr Young. “It does seem to be be­com­ing more com­mon in in­dus­tri­alised tem­per­ate cli­mate na­tions. Why this is so is still be­ing de­bated and in­ves­ti­gated but fac­tors in­clude en­vi­ron­men­tal changes, di­etary changes and more chil­dren pre­sent­ing for treat­ment now that it can be treated ef­fec­tively in most chil­dren.” There is also the the­ory that we are too clean, which is known as the hy­giene hy­poth­e­sis. This is be­ing looked at in re­la­tion to many dis­eases, in­clud­ing con­di­tions like eczema. Ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals and pol­lu­tion too, are of­ten pointed to as cul­prits for skin sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

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